Rolex GMT-Master 1675Sold
Rolex GMT-Master 1675
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The GMT-Master 1675 with blue and red Pepsi bezel is one the most enigmatic watches from Rolex’ vast catalogue.
This 1675 from 1978 has everything we love about vintage GMTs. The aluminium Pepsi bezel still retains its bold deep blue-and-red color scheme that earned it the ‘Pepsi’ moniker and is in excellent condition.
The ‘MK V’ matte black dial, the very last series that was produced prior to the retirement of the 1675, has turned a lovely matte anthracite color. The painted tritium hour markers are in flawless condition and have attained a warm creamy tone that matches nicely with the tritium handset.
As toolwatches experience a fair amount of wear over the years, they often feature the signs of excessive polishing. Despite being nearly 45 years old, this beauty still features a thick case with clean lines. The accompanying full-link stainless steel Oyster bracelet is in good condition as well, promising many faithful years of wear to come.
Fasten your seatbelts for the story of the inimitable Rolex GMT-Master! As civil aviation took off after World War II, airlines began to fly over longer distances. As a result, pilots required accurate watches that could display multiple time zones simultaneously. In the early 1950s, Pan American Airways (Pan-Am) requested Rolex to develop a watch for this very purpose. The GMT-Master (‘GMT’ standing for ‘Greenwich Mean Time’) was introduced in 1954. It featured a 24-hour hand alongside the regular 12-hour hand. In combination with a bidirectional 24-hour bezel, this GMT hand could be used to read the home time zone while the 12-hour hand displayed the ‘local’ time. Despite its close links to aviation and its professional purpose, the Rolex GMT enjoys a fanbase far beyond the pilots it was originally intended for. Over the years Rolex has introduced many wonderful variations of the GMT: take your pick!