Lot 54
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ROLEX | GMT MASTER, REFERENCE 1675 STAINLESS STEEL AND YELLOW GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET CIRCA 1978

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4,000 - 6,000 GBP
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Description

  • GMT MASTER, REFERENCE 1675 STAINLESS STEEL AND YELLOW GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET CIRCA 1978
Dial: blackCalibre: cal. 1570 automatic, 26 jewels Movement number: D'746'194 Case: stainless steel and 18ct yellow gold Oyster, screw-down crown and backCase number: 5'610'241 Closure: stainless steel and 18ct yellow gold Rolex JubilĂ© bracelet with integrated folding clasp Dimensions: 40mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 190mm Signed: case, dial and movement Accessories: Rolex guarantee dated May 14, 1980, Rolex GMT-Master booklet and presentation case with outer packaging

Condition

DIAL: dial in very good condition with minor dust speckles around the minute track. With small stains around the 6 o'clock index, visible under magnification and strong lighting. The hands are in good condition with small cracking to the hour hand's luminescent material, visible under magnification. The hands display minor pitting. CASE: in very good condition with signs of previous polishing. With minor and scarce superficial surface scratches to the case bands. The back bears minor scuffing throughout. The bottom of the top left lug bears a strap changing mark. The bezel and its insert are in excellent condition. Bracelet: stamped 62523.H14 - D8 with 450 endlinks. The bracelet bears a fair amount of stretch, the outer clasp shows signs of previous polishing. MOVEMENT: running at the time of cataloguing, date advances, seconds hack when crown is pulled out. Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of its timekeeping. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and that a service may be required at the buyer's discretion
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

Catalogue Note

The Rolex GMT Master 1675 superseded the 1675. It was introduced in 1959 and discontinued in 1980, making it one of the longest running references in Rolex history. The fragile Bakelite bezel was replaced with an aluminium insert and some protective crown guards were added to the case, transitioning the GMT Master into a reliable daily wearer. Naturally, the 1675 gradually evolved during its 21 year life-span and saw various caliber and dial upgrades which make every generation worthy of collecting. 
The present two-tone GMT Master 1675 is dated from 1978, making it a last generation watch for this reference. The intricate and nicely preserved and patinated black 'Nipple Dial' imbues the timepiece with a signature vintage look, complemented by the nostalgic two-tone jubilĂ© bracelet, a true testament of the glorious late 1970s.