Rolex. A fine and rare 18K gold automatic dual time wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, transitional case without crown guards, Watch Rate Certificate duplicate and Guarantee for a serial number close to the present one, box and seal
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Rolex. A fine and rare 18K gold automatic dual time wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, transitional case without crown guards, Watch Rate Certificate duplicate and Guarantee for a serial number close to the present one, box and seal

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, GMT-MASTER, SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED, REF. 1675, CASE NO. 1'480'908, MANUFACTURED IN 1967

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Rolex. A fine and rare 18K gold automatic dual time wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, transitional case without crown guards, Watch Rate Certificate duplicate and Guarantee for a serial number close to the present one, box and seal
Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, GMT-Master, Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified, ref. 1675, case no. 1'480'908, manufactured in 1967
Cal. 1570 nickel-finished lever movement, 26 jewels, bronze-coloured 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, revolving brown bezel calibrated for 24 hours, screw back, screw down crown, case, dial and movement signed
39 mm. diam.
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Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
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.

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Lot Essay

With Rolex contemporary presentation box, seal, GMT-Master instructions leaflet in Spanish, as well as both a duplicate of the Watch Rate Certificate and a Guarantee for a watch with a serial number close to the present one. While the Watch Rate Certificate dated 1966 and the undated Guarantee are both punched with the serial number 1'480'887, the reference and serial number 1'480'908 of the present watch were added in hand-writing on the Guarantee. While the two serial numbers are obviously close, the documents are not the correct ones for the watch. One explanation for this discrepancy might be that a mix-up occurred in the shop where the watch was originally purchased.

The present watch is a transitional version of the celebrated GMT-Master reference 1675, combining the missing crown guards of the late 50s reference 6542 series and the newly introduced reference 1675 matte brown so-called "bicchierini" dial and the metal insert to the bezel. It furthermore stands out by its very good overall condition, most notably the sharp angles to the facets of the lugs.

Another example of a similar reference 1675 "hybrid" is illustrated in 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, p. 192.

For a note on the GMT-Master and an example of a reference 6542 in gold see lot 307 in this auction.

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