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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 57

    Rolex. A fine stainless steel self-winding water-resistant dual time wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date and bracelet


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    Rolex. A fine stainless steel self-winding water-resistant dual time wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date and bracelet
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Date, GMT-Master, ref. 1675, movement case no. 1037583, manufactured in 1964
    Cal. 1560 nickel-finished lever movement, 25 jewels, the black dial with luminous dot and dagger numerals, luminous mercedes hands, central hand for the second time zone, sweep centre seconds, magnified window for date, in tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with revolving black bezel calibrated for 24 hours, screw back and screw down crown, together with a stainless steel Rolex USA Oyster bracelet and clasp stamped 1-69, case, dial and movement signed
    39 mm. diam.

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    The present watch is a transitional model between the GMT Master first series reference 6542 and the succeeding reference 1675 as it features still the early black lacquered dial with the gilt printing instead of the matte dial with silvered designations. It is furthermore fitted with the pointed crown guards whereas subsequently produced ref. 1675 models show the rounded shoulders. For this reason, the present model is also known as the "Cornino", meaning "small horn" GMT Master.

    Due to the extraordinary success of the Rolex Sports models in the 1950s, it came to no surprise when the world’s largest airline Pan Am commissioned a specially designed watch allowing their pilots to keep track of time in two locations.

    With the beginning of transatlantic flights with jet aircrafts in 1956, travellers appreciated the fact that the journey times were reduced from 13 hours to 7 but suffered from new phenomena, the jet lag. Worried about the possible effects on their pilots and, after researches, Pan Am management advised them to keep on "home" time while away from base. As at the same time they needed to know the local time and consequently, a joint task force from Pan Am and Rolex was assigned. The team devised a watch with an additional hour hand, which revolved once every 24 hours and a rotating bezel marked with those same 24 hours. The model was named "“G.M.T.-Master" after the world's standard time, the Greenwich Mean Time.

    Special Notice

    Prospective buyers should be aware that the importation of Rolex watches into the United States is highly restricted. Rolex watches may not be shipped into the USA and can only be imported personally. Generally a buyer may import only one watch into the USA. For further information please contact our specialists in charge of the sale. Please note other countries may have comparable import restrictions for luxury watches.