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Rolex GMT-Master 1675 'MKII Pepsi'
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This Rolex GMT-Master 1675 definitely is one of the most beautifully aged pieces we’ve ever had in store. The watch dates back to 1977, is made out of stainless steel and runs on caliber 1570. We really like the fact that the ‘Pepsi’ insert has discoloured and faded beautifully on the outer side of the bezel. This gives the watch an amazing look in combination with the yellow-coloured tritium plots. Geeks will notice that the watch doesn’t have the ‘Radial MKIII Dial’ and that 1977 with a 5-million serial is pretty late for an 'MKII Dial'. But this watch is 100% correct as it happened quite often that Rolex used earlier left-over dials to assemble their watches. There are just a few examples of this watch - the dial in combination with the case from 1977 - that we know of so it's pretty rare. Last but not least, the watch is in great condition and it comes with its original ‘78360’ Oyster bracelet and 580-stamped endlinks.
Rolex GMT-MasterFasten your seatbelts for the story of the Rolex GMT-Master. Aviation company Pan-Am requested Rolex to create a wristwatch that would display multiple time-zones simultaneously, as their flights got longer; crossing multiple time-zones. Rolex came up with the GMT-Master (‘GMT’ stands for ‘Greenwich Mean Time’) in 1954. The watch features a date-function and an extra hour hand (with triangle) that points out the second time zone on the bi-directional turning, 24hour bezel.Still linked to aviation and although meant for professional use, it enjoys a much wider fan base ever since it first saw light. Over the years it underwent some changes and there are so many wonderful variations of this all-time Rolex classic. Some GMT’s are great as a single purchase, others are a wonderful addition to any collection and some of them can be considered as the crowning glory.REF. 1675Introduced in 1959 and with a very long production run of little over 20 years: the 1675! On this model they added the ‘pointed crown guards’ (1675 with PCG AKA ‘Cornino)’ that got replaced by regular rounded crown guards in 64/65. The dial also underwent some changes from glossy gilt chapterring to a matte radial dial in the end. (with a lot of variations in between, like the rare ‘exclamation mark’, ‘underline’ and ‘Double-swiss’ dials). There was a change in the red GMT hand as well as the small arrow was replaced by a bigger one.The 1675 was mainly produced in steel, but was also available in 18k yellow gold or a combination of both materials. In the early 70s it became the first Rolex Professional watch with – optional – factory fitted jubilee bracelet.‘Pepsi bezel’The red/ blue bezel inserts on the steel GMT’s are referred to as ‘Pepsi bezels’ as it assembles the same colours, but in fact Rolex chose this combination because of the Pan-Am colours. The heritage of the Pepsi bezel starts in 1959, when the rare bakelite bezels were used. Up until 2007 aluminium Pepsi bezels were used (optional, next to an all-black or black/ red aka ‘Coke bezel’). After being discontinued for 7 years, Rolex re-launched the beloved ‘Pepsi’, yet this time made out of Cerachrom and only available on the white-gold model. In 2018 Basel world Rolex introduced the stainless steel Pepsi with Jubileebracelet.
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