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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 95

    Rolex. A rare stainless steel automatic dual time wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, bracelet, rating certificate, original brochures and box

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, GMT-MASTER, REF. 1675, CASE NO. 1'951'939, MANUFACTURED IN 1969

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    Rolex. A rare stainless steel automatic dual time wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, bracelet, rating certificate, original brochures and box
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, GMT-Master, ref. 1675, case no. 1'951'939, manufactured in 1969
    Cal. 1575 GMT nickel-finished lever movement, 26 jewels, black gloss dial, luminous dot, baton and dagger numerals, luminous hands, central hand for the second time zone, sweep centre seconds, magnified window for date, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with revolving blue and red bezel calibrated for 24 hours, screw back and screw down crown, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    39 mm. diam.


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    With Bureaux Suisse de Contrôle Officiel de la Marche des Chronomètres Watch Rate Certificate No. 530'032 dated 16 May 1969, Rolex Service Instruction booklet numbered 1675 and 1951939, One Year Factory Service Guarantee dated 5 August 1976, repair invoice, GMT-Master brochure and original fitted green presentation box.

    The present watch is a lovely example of a 1960s GMT Master still featuring the popular black lacquered dial with the gilt printing instead of the later black matte dial with white designations.

    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.


    Pre-Lot Text

    The GMT-Master... "The Finest Timepiece for Flight Navigation"
    (citation from the accompanying Rolex GMT-Master brochure)