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1969 Rolex “Flying the Concorde” 18k Gold GMT-Master 1675/8
A full-color 1960s watch advertisement is something to behold. When the watch being advertised is gold, it becomes something more entirely…
Fifty years ago, when this oversized ad was freshly printed, no one was splitting hairs when it came to Rolex. They were aspirational things, certainly, but they were all just watches first and foremost. But at a certain point, collectors (and dealers) started to look for subtleties to differentiate certain models.
While nicknames for watches typically come from the iconic figures who owned and wore them, the 1675/8, known to the collector community as the “Concorde” GMT, owes its distinction to this advertising campaign.
If you look closely at the watch you’ll notice the unique stick-shaped hour and minute hands. In all advertisements that have a solid gold and brown GMT-Master - and featuring a Concorde - these are the hands you’ll find on the watch.
It’s one thing to know the history of, or drop the nickname of a watch amongst fellow watch nerds. But it’s another thing entirely to own the advertisement to which the watch owes its sobriquet. And to own this particular ad is extra-special as it’s oversized and exceedingly difficult to come by, especially in near-perfect vintage condition.
Framed with shade of white matting to compliment tones of paper. Black, solid wood frame.
About our collaboration with Ad Patina
We're thrilled to be collaborating with our longtime friends at Ad Patina to bring you a selection of the most-popular and rare vintage watch advertisements curated specifically for Analog/Shift!
Scouring the world for forgotten marketing treasures, Ad Patina's raison de être very much mimics our own - to hunt down these wonderful bits of history, preserve and restore them as needed, and share them with an enthusiastic community.
These documents of horological history have entered the watch collecting conversation as the ultimate accompanying accessory, and have found themselves framed in homes and offices around the world. Every one of these wonderful pieces is a genuine, vintage advertisement that has been professionally mounted and framed with UV resistant glass to ensure years of enjoyment to come - no reprints or reproductions here!
Much like a traditional piece of art - a painting or photograph - an original watch advertisement can be appreciated for its design as well as for its power to evoke nostalgia.
Something we vintage watch enthusiasts know all about!
Framed Dimensions: 13 1/4" L X 16 1/4" H -- 33.7cm L x 41.3cm H .
Ads are professionally framed with UV-resistant museum glass and acid-free materials for preservation.
Frames come with wire on back for easy hanging. Felt pads are also affixed to back of frame to protect your walls from getting scratched.
All vintage advertisement orders ship from Ad Patina HQ in Chicago
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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