1978 Rolex GMT Master (Ref. 1675) Mk. IV
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 edition 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 piece would make a great daily driver for the man always on the go. The 1675 reference is becoming increasingly hard to find and would make a great addition to an existing collection.
|Dial||Matte Black (Mk.4)|
|Strap||Rolex Oyster 78360 W/ 580 End Pieces|
The previously lightly polished case retains thick lugs with chamfers still present, showing light wear from use. The "Pepsi" insert is a later Rolex replacement and remains in perfect untouched condition. The Rolex 78360 Oyster bracelet with 580 end pieces in very good condition with 12 links.
None. Watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty.