Rolex. A Stainless Steel GMT Wristwatch with Gilt Dial
Cal. 1560 automatic movement, 26 jewels, black gloss dial, luminous dot, baton, and triangle numerals, luminous hands, outer minute track, central red GMT hand with luminous arrow tip, center seconds, magnified date window, stainless steel case, blue and red bezel calibrated to 24 hours, screw down crown with square crown guards, screw back, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial, and movement signed
The Rolex GMT-Master was created to display multiple timezones at once for Pan-Am pilots as they began to operate more transatlantic flights, and became one of the most popular “tool” watches in the aviation industry. The first reference was the 6542, introduced in 1954. Featuring a bakelite bezel (which was used for the first two years of production and then changed to an aluminum bezel) and with no crown guards, it was only in production for a few short years before the new reference 1675 was introduced in 1959.
Reference 1675 was available in stainless steel or 18k yellow gold, and by the 1970’s was available in a metal combination of steel and gold, known as “Rolesor”. Production of the reference 1675 ceased in the early 1980’s, and was succeeded by the modern 16750 reference. With such a long span of production, vintage GMT-Master have enjoyed immense popularity. Examples that feature certain traits have become more desirable in recent years. One such trait is the presence of a black gloss dial with gilt text, which requires several layers to be applied to the metal base – the gilt text and markers are printed underneath the black background and shine through. The present example is preserved in excellent overall condition, with a spotless black dial and luminous numerals that have aged in a uniform tone.