1972 Rolex GMT Master (Ref. 1675) Black Fat Font insert
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 1972 Rolex GMT Master Ref. 1675 is the MK2 dial variant and is in an absolutely remarkable original condition. This specific example contains the original fat font black bezel insert which is less common than the red and blue inserts referred to as "Pepsi" inserts more commonly found on GMT-Master Ref. 1675's of this era. The dial is also in original condition and the tritium lume has taken on a charming cream colored patina which matches the original set of hands.
This specific example would make a great daily driver for the man always on the go and would make a great addition to an existing collection as Ref. 1675 GMT's are becoming harder to find due to the fact they are becoming highly collectible and sought after among collectors.
20mm Vintage Style Leather Strap
CASE & BRACELET
The case retains good thick lugs and minimal wear. The original black insert is in magnificent condition contains the rare and desirable "Fat Font" which has achieved a charming grey fade. The timepiece will be supplied on a Craft & Tailored bespoke vintage style strap in our golden brown color.
DIAL & HANDS
The dial is in stunning and original condition. The tritium lume plots have taken on a charming creamy and sought after patina and the hands also match the dial with some darkening awards the center. The dial and hands shows no visible lume degradation and has been properly inspected under U.V. light. The original date disc also displays the era correct open 6's and 9's
None. Watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty.