REFERENCE 1675 GMT-MASTER RETAILED BY TIFFANY & CO.: A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC DUAL-TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1972
REFERENCE 1675 GMT-MASTER
RETAILED BY TIFFANY & CO.: A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC DUAL-TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1972
Caliber: cal. 1570 automatic, 26 jewels
Case: stainless steel, screw down case-back
Case number: 2'980'640
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet with folding clasp, 62510 H endlinks 502B, 50
Size: 40 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 200 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Case: Case in very good condition with light surface wear and some scuffs consistent with age and previous use. Case with possible previous polish. Bracelet in overall very good condition with light stretch. Ghost bezel with age and overall even coloring with some scratches. Crystal glazing with some scratches.
Dial: Dial is very attractive with warm pumpkin colored aging to the lume plots. Luminescent areas with some surface marks.
Movement: Dual time and date operating. The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report 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. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. 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. Please be advised that wristbands 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.
The reference 1675 GMT was introduced in 1959 and stayed in continuous production until 1980 making it one of the longest produced references in Rolex’s history. Initially launched with a two-tone red and blue bezel insert (nicknamed the ‘Pepsi’ bezel) to enable the wearer to differentiate day and night, In the early 1970s Rolex introduced an all-black bezel insert which even though may seem less practical, is more discreet and rarer than the ‘Pepsi’ version.
The current example is from circa 1972 and presents in exceptional condition. The dial, hour markers and hands have all aged at a consistent rate to a warm pumpkin color. The case retains its original sharp proportions, with chamfers still visible to the lugs. The case back is stamped 11.71 and the numbers between the lugs are crisp and clear.
What makes this example stand out from any other in addition to its condition is the presence of its retails stamp, Tiffany & Co, to the dial. Examples such as these, elevated in their rarity by their double signed dials don’t come to market often, especially in such well preserved and original condition.