The Rolex GMT is the jet-setting icon of the Rolex sports watch family. Like the Rolex Submariner, the Rolex GMT is sophisticated, rugged, and versatile.
In 1954 Pan Am started using the newly designed Boeing 707 which allowed for Pan Am to fly transcontinentally and is said to have started the commercially available jet age. In the same year, Rolex received a request from Pan Am to create a technical pilots watch which indicated two time zones simultaneously that could be issued by the airline to their crews on long-haul transcontinental international flights.
GMT or UTC stands for Greenwich Mean Time or Coordinated Universal Time which is the primary time standard by which the world regulates clocks and time. GMT or UTC is the time zone that is required for all aviation planning, weather forecasts, schedules, and other paperwork.
The original Rolex GMT Master has a fourth 24-hour hand directly displaying the same time zone as the standard 12-hour hand but on a 24-hour scale. This GMT hand enabled the crews to set the watch to GMT or another time zone, and, using the rotatable 24-hour scale bezel, set to the correct offset thus displaying a second-time-zone on the 24-hour scale.
This specific 1971 Rolex Two-Tone GMT Master Ref. 1675 is an excellent watch for the seamless switch from formal to casual making it the perfect daily driver for the businessman always on the go.
SS/ 14K YG
Matte Brown "Nipple Dial"
Rolex Two Tone Jubilee 14K YG
CASE & BRACELET
The case of this 1979 Ref. 1675 has previously been polished but retains thick and full lugs. The original gold and brown "rootbeer" insert has taken on a wonderful fade and is in overall good condition. The 14k YG bezel is free of any dents or dings and matches the overall feel and condition of the watch. The watch comes supplied with a Rolex USA two-tone jubilee bracelet that shows normal stretch from use but remains in overall good and functional condition.
DIAL & HANDS
The original matte brown nipple dial is in beautiful condition showing no blemishing or flaws. The yellow gold "nipple" markers are in perfect condition and the original tritium lume has taken on a desirable golden patina showing no lume loss when inspected under UV. The original yellow gold hands are in excellent condition exhibiting minor oxidation which is constant for pieces of this period, the tritium lume in the hands match the dial perfectly and when inspected under UV light and show no signs of degradation or lume loss. Any sort of blemishes that may appear in the photos are tiny scratches or lint on the crystal and not on the actual dial itself
The watch just received a full service and comes backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.