1978 Rolex Two Tone GMT-Master (Ref. 1675) "Rootbeer"
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 1978 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
Metallic Brown "Nipple Dial"
Burnished Leather 2pc "French Cocoa"
CASE & BRACELET
The excellent case of this 1978 Ref. 1675 has previously been polished but retains thick and full lugs. The original gold and brown "rootbeer" insert has taken on a slight desirable 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 will come on a "French Cocoa" burnished leather 2pc Strap.
DIAL & HANDS
The wonderful metallic 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 vintage condition exhibiting oxidation which is normal 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 watch just received a full service and comes backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.