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Why We Love It
Solid gold sports Rolex models are just about our favorite anachronism!
The first thing you notice about a watch like this is the weight. There is something instantly satisfying about the heft of a solid gold watch. And for some inexplicable reason, Rolex gold is so much more satisfying than all other gold. There's no science behind that statement - just trust us.
After the weight, just take a look at that dial - this example features a beautifully rich matte brown 'nipple' dial with gilt printing that earns it the nickname 'Root Beer'.
Dating from circa 1967 and featuring an expertly refinished case and deep hallmarks, this is truly one of the most iconic variations Rolex has ever made, and is as captivating in bright light as it is in the waning hours. Best of all is its incredible 'ghosted' bezel insert, which exudes so much character it'll be sure to draw stares from across a crowded room.
Look us in the eye and tell us that doesn't sound great to you. There are GMT-Masters and then there are GMT-Masters. This is one of the latter.
The GMT-Master Story
The years following the end of The Second World War saw the world become a much, much smaller place.
Advances in aviation technology led to the world’s first nonstop Transatlantic passenger flights between Europe and North America, and the era of the jetsetter began. Along with this new age of travel arose a need for travelers, and more importantly pilots, to have a wristwatch that could display two time zones at once.
As a pioneer of transatlantic and transcontinental flight, Pan American Airlines approached Rolex in 1953 looking for a watch specially designed for their pilots, and Rolex agreed to take on the project. The newly designed Submariner became the base for this new watch, and several important complications were added. A date function with a cyclops lens magnifier, GMT complication, and two-colored bezel to provide long-haul pilots with the info they needed as they circumnavigated the globe.
The GMT-Master’s 24-hour hand works in conjunction with a rotating bezel to make tracking a second time zone incredibly simple. When the wearer rotates the bezel so that the numbers around the bezel correspond to a second time zone (such as Greenwich Mean Time, the inspiration for the model’s nomenclature), it allows the watch to track any two time zones in the world at once.
Not long after the debut of the GMT-Master at the Basel World Fair in 1954, Pan-Am adopted the GMT Master as its official wristwatch. Decades later, the GMT-Master and its “Pepsi” bezel has become a true icon of the watch world. It is instantly recognizable and eternally stylish – the very best of what Rolex has to offer.
18k Yellow Gold Oyster case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Automatic-winding movement by Rolex. Rolex Reference 1675/8. Circa 1967.
Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition overall showing recently completed professional case refinishing. Luminous matte brown 'Root Beer' dial is in excellent condition with rich patina and matching handset. Bezel assembly shows wear from use with heavily faded 'ghost' insert. Signed crown.
Includes Analog/Shift leather strap with gold plated pin buckle.
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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