One of the earliest representative of the iconic reference 1675, the present wristwatch is offered with a very attractive dial, which has tropicalized throughout the years to the present uniform color. Featuring a chapter ring and very attractive gilt printing, the rarity of the timepiece is further enhanced by the presence of pointed crown guards, nicknamed “cornino”, as well as the original small arrow tip of the 24 hour hand, usually changed to the later version during services.
As beautiful as they are sought-after, cases with these crown guards have only been produced for a short amount of time, estimated from 1959 to 1964, and were later replaced by more noticeable square shaped examples.
A rare find at auction, the present wristwatch was carefully kept within the collection of a private Italian collector and represents a rare opportunity to obtain such an attractive and well preserved example of the attractive and iconic Rolex reference 1675.
Following the success of the original GMT-Master reference 6542 in 1954, Rolex introduced successor reference 1675 only five years later. Reference 1675 stayed in production until 1980. The yellow gold version of reference 1675 originally came without crown guards, which were only introduced in 1967 on the yellow gold version to match their stainless steel counterparts. Upon its introduction, the reference was available in 18K gold or stainless steel. At the start of the 1970s, Rolex also produced versions in steel and gold, a metal combination the company markets as "Rolesor".