This specific 1969 Rolex GMT possesses all the things we love about the Rolex GMT 1675. From MK I "Long E" dial to the perfectly faded Pepsi insert, worn perfectly on a leather strap or more casually on a NATO. This Ref. 1675 Pepsi GMT would make a great daily driver for the man always on the go.
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 PanAm 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. 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.
Black (Matte) MK I
Rolex 78360 Oyster Bracelet w/ 501B End Pieces
CASE & BRACELET
The thick and honest case shows some wear but is believed to remain unpolished with factory chamfering prevalent. The "Mega Fat Font" redback insert remains in wonderful condition taking on an excellent and desirable fade. The later Rolex 78360 oyster bracelet with 501B end pieces remains in excellent condition showing some stretch from use. Case back has small engraving that can be removed if desired.
Dial & Hands
The early Mk. I "Long E" dial remains in good vintage condition, has an oil stain directly under "oyster" as can be seen in the photos, but otherwise remains free of scratches and bubbling. The tritium lume had the era correct "band-aid" texture and has taken on an excellent yellow patina. The original hands have been restored and color matched by LAWW with tritium to match the dial coloration.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty.