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.
The GMT-Master looks perfect in every setting and makes an excellent travel partner, making it one of the most universally loved watches of today. This 1972 Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 1675 is superb, from the strong case, beautiful lume patina, and excellent fat-font Pepsi bezel insert. This Mk.2 GMT 1675 would make for a perfect daily driver that is also highly collectible.
Black (Matte) MK2
Rolex 7836 Folded-Link Oyster Bracelet W/ 280 End Pieces
CASE & BRACELET
The excellent case is believed to only be sleeve polished from wear, retaining factory chamfers down the lugs and showing light wear. The original "fat-font" bezel is in stunning condition and remains bright in coloration. The original Rolex folded-link Oyster bracelet with 280 end pieces retains 13 links and remains unpolished, showing light wear and stretch from use.
DIAL & HANDS
The Mk. 2 matte black dial is in exceptional and flawless condition. The tritium lume plots have achieved a lovely creamy yellow patina, under U.V. light inspection exhibit no lume degradation. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly, under U.V. light inspection the GMT, hour, and sweep-seconds hand show no degradation, the minute exhibits a minor crack. The metallic date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.
Watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty.