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GMT-MASTER, REF 1675 STAINLESS STEEL DUAL TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET MADE FOR SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM CIRCA 1978
Dial: black
Calibre: cal. 1570 automatic, 26 jewels
Movement number: D'476'513
Case: stainless steel Oyster, screw-down crown and back
Case number: 5'420'219
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with folding clasp 
Dimensions: 39mm, bracelet circumference approx.
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: none
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Catalogue Note

Manufactured during the last years of the reference's production, this GMT 1675 is particularly significant. At face value the watch is instantly recognisable as a 'Pepsi' bezel Rolex GMT. Such a watch is in great demand at just that, however a closer look will inform the observer of an infinitely more significant feature. Of course this is the Arabic personalisation to the dial above the text at 6 attributable to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. 

His highness Sheikh Al Maktoum recognised as one of the founding fathers of the United Arab Emirates, acting as Prime Minister as of 1971 and ascending to the Ruler of Dubai after his father in 1990.

As previously discussed (see lot 208) the 1675 represents one of Rolex's longest production runs for any reference. It thus stands to reason that a vast quantity of watches carrying this reference exist, so then, to find a watch from this production that is set apart from the rest to such an extent is a very precious and coveted commodity indeed. It is known that Rolex would cater to requests for personalised pieces however it is impossible to know exactly how many pieces were commissioned by His Highness Sheikh Al-Maktoum. What is clear that they are incredibly rare and hugely desirable.

Important Watches

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