ROLEX | GMT-MASTER, TROPICAL EXCLAMATION POINT DIAL WITH EAGLE BEAK CROWN GUARDS, REFERENCE 1675, STAINLESS STEEL DUAL-TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1961
Estimate: 15,000 - 25,000 GBP
GMT-MASTER, TROPICAL EXCLAMATION POINT DIAL WITH EAGLE BEAK CROWN GUARDS, REFERENCE 1675
STAINLESS STEEL DUAL-TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET
Dial: brown, tropical
Calibre: cal. 1560 automatic, 26 jewels
Movement number: D22’424
Case: stainless steel Oyster, screw-down crown and back
Case number: 695’722
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with integrated folding clasp
Dimensions: 40mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 195mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: presentation case
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DIAL: brown patination visible throughout, but lighter brownish colour between 8 and 2 o'clock around the indexes. Luminescent material on the indexes mostly intact with some minor losses at 12, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11 o'clock. Hands have been replaced during service.
CASE: with scuffs and scratches throughout, consistent with age and wear of the timepiece.
Bracelet: clasp signed 1/67, 80 endlinks
MOVEMENT: running at time of cataloguing, date advances, GMT function working
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The reference 1675 was produced from 1959 to around 1980 and it is one of the most emblematic Rolex models ever produced.
This present watch, which has been part of the same private collection for many years, dates from just two years after the introduction of the model, in 1961. Part of the early production, it bears several highly collectable details. Firstly, the case of the watch has the so-called eagle beak crown guards named after their curved pointed shape. This early shape is also nicknamed ‘cornino’ by collectors.
The dial is also typical of that period with its exclamation mark at 6 o’clock.
Even more importantly, the surface of the dial changed from its original black colour to a most attractive rich brown shade. The natural evolution over the time of its surface makes this tropical dial unique and captivating for a demanding collector.