The Rolex GMT is the jet-setting icon of the Rolex sports watch family. The history of this sophisticated, versatile style dates back to 1954 when Rolex received a request from Pan Am to create a technical pilots watch that could indicate two time zones simultaneously. As advances in aviation made transcontinental flights commercially available Pan Am needed a watch that could be issued to their crews on the long-haul international flights.
GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time - the time zone which regulates world clocks and is required for all aviation planning and schedules. The Rolex GMT Master has a fourth 24-hour hand that directly displays the same time zone as the standard 12-hour hand but on a 24-hour scale. The addition of this GMT hand enabled crews to set the watch to GMT or another time zone, and, using the rotating 24-hour scale bezel, correct the offset to display a second time zone on the 24-hour scale.
This feature is just as useful today, allowing the modern traveler to easily keep track of his home time zone, no matter how far he may have journeyed.
This specific 1972 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 1972 Ref. 1675 retains thick and full lugs showing the original case chamfers. The original gold and brown "root beer" insert has taken on an eye-catching and wonderful fade. 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. The lume in the GMT hand has aged slightly darker but when inspected under U.V. light matches the other hands in color and consistency.
None. The watch just received a full service and comes backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.