Rolex GMT-Master Gloss Gilt
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Rolex GMT-Master Gloss Gilt

Why We Love It

It was love at first sight.

We took one look at the jet black glossy gilt dial and beautifully faded Pepsi insert and we were sold.

Out of the entire Rolex model line, the GMT Master is the collective favorite here at A/S. The model has a rich history, and there are a wide variety of options on the table when considering which to purchase. This one features an incredibly glossy black gilt dial with richly patinated luminous indices and only the faintest signs of clouding near the 9:00 marker. Additionally, it features a red-backed 'Pepsi' bezel insert that has aged and faded, giving this piece the perfect amount of charm. 

While this particular gilt 1675 isn't entirely untouched - it features a later replacement handset that has been professionally color matched - and shows some sleeve polish, it is a tremendously appealing and sensibly priced example perfect for the GMT enthusiast looking for a watch with character who wants to wear and enjoy their timepiece with regularity!

If that sounds like you, hit us up - you'll be surprised what you can take this mid-60s gem home for!

The Story

The advent of transcontinental and transatlantic jet travel made it possible for a person to sip an espresso in a cafe in Rome in the morning and still make an 8:00PM reservation in New York City that same evening. But despite this revolutionary development, it was merely the result of old technologies being adapted to suit the unprecedented proliferation and relative ease of global travel.

After all, the Trans-Siberian Railway had been ferrying passengers across eight timezones since 1916. To meet the demands prompted by the establishment of railway time in the 1860s, watch manufacturers such as Hamilton and Elgin developed railroad pocket chronometers that had a third hand to indicate an additional timezone. But since a journey from Moscow to Vladivostok on the Rossiya could take six days—roughly the same as a transatlantic crossing on the Queen Mary—passengers could merely set their watches to the local time upon arrival, thus rendering the GMT or world time pocket watches expensive and whimsical.

However, the sheer immediacy of jet travel—and the frequency at which these transatlantic and transcontinental flights occurred— made it necessary for travelers, and more importantly pilots, to have a type of wristwatch that could display two timezones at once.

It was Pan American Airlines that approached Rolex with that conundrum, and Rolex came up with the solution--the GMT Master. The pilots of Pan Am adopted the GMT Master as the official wristwatch, and the airline even commissioned a white dial for its ground crew. Other airlines soon followed, making the GMT Master synonymous with aviation. According to Skeet & Uhrl's Vintage Rolex Sports Models, a Rolex advertisement from 1960 stated that the GMT Master was the preferred timepiece of "twenty out of twenty-one aircraft navigators."

In 1960 Rolex released a new reference of GMT Master, the Reference 1675. The 1675 featured crown guards and was powered by the Caliber 1565 movement, and later, the Caliber 1575. Still the preferred favorite of pilots, the GMT Master also attracted the attention and appreciation of astronauts.

Details

SKU: AS03132

Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 39mm (excluding the crown). Rolex Automatic Movement. Circa 1965.

Overall Condition: The case is in very good condition overall, showing signs of sleeve polishing, but retaining defined bevels and minimal wear from age and use. Luminous black gloss gilt dial is in stunning condition overall with even patination to the luminous indices and light clouding visible on the gloss finish near 9:00. Bi-Color 'Pepsi' bezel insert has faded beautifully. Luminous handset has been replaced and professionally color matched. GMT hand is later replacement. Signed crown.

Includes later Rolex stainless steel C&I rivet Oyster bracelet with signed clasp, dated 1972.

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