ROLEX | GMT-MASTER POINTED CROWN GUARDS, UNDERLINE, DOUBLE SWISS, REF 1675, STAINLESS STEEL DUAL-TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1963
From the Family of the Original Owner
From the Family of the Original Owner
GMT-MASTER POINTED CROWN GUARDS, UNDERLINE, DOUBLE SWISS, REF 1675
STAINLESS STEEL DUAL-TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET
Calibre: cal. 1560 automatic, 26 jewels
Movement number: 30'615
Case: stainless steel Oyster, screw-down back
Case number: 1'004'132
Closure: stainless steel Rolex bracelet with integrated folding clasp
Dimensions: 40 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approx. 180mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Movement: running at the time of cataloguing.
Case: in very good condition throughout. The lugs are strong and feature sharp bevels. The profiles bear light scratching, mostly towards the lug holes. The inner back is stamped "1675 / IV.1963" with 380 end links and bears London service marks dated 1978,1990 and 2002. The bracelet ref. 7836 in very good condition with little stretch for its age. The clasp is later. The bezel insert bears very little traces of wear and age.
Dial: glossy gilt dial in very good condition with no damage to the lacquer. The lumeplots are intact and have taken a lovely creamy patina. The underline and double Swiss details are intact. The hands and date disc are later replacements.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
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"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."
A legendary model within the history of watchmaking and the unmistakable initiator of a new watch genre, the Rolex GMT-Master was born in 1954 following a functional request from Pan American Airlines. The newly introduced timepiece would initially be encased in stainless steel with a bracelet and allow for its sophisticated wearer to track dual time-zones whilst travelling the world. Following a short 5-year production period, the initial reference 6542 was replaced with the evolutive reference 1675 which was manufactured until 1980. The 1675 initially boasted a chapter ring glossy dial similar to the previous versions, before Rolex progressively updated its fine printing and finish, opting for a more modern matte look from the approximate 1.38X.XXX serial range onwards.
With a serial number dating it to 1963, the present Rolex 1675 features highly special and attractive features. The experienced collector will immediately be drawn to the very rare and fabulously preserved “underline double Swiss” dial. Observed on 1675 models with serials ranging approximately between 875.XXX-876.XXX and 1.004.XXX-1.14X.XXX, these elusive dials were issued in 1963 and 1964. They display a small horizontal silver line below the ‘GMT-Master Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified’ script, signalling the transition from highly radioactive Radium luminescent material to the marginally less harmful Tritium. These dials are deemed ‘transitional’ as Rolex introduced the “Swiss – T<25” script shortly after to comply with stringent market regulations requiring the radioactivity levels to be mentioned on the dial. As should be, the ‘underline’ dial features two ‘Swiss’ mentions at 6 o’clock. The evidently visible one is printed in silver across the outer minute track, matching with the underline, while a second and smaller ‘Swiss’ line is peaking below the outer minute track. The rare dial furthermore bears the tall and thin Coronet typically associated with the previously mentioned features. In addition to standing as a true vintage treasure in its own right, the present dial shows an intact lacquer coating and strikingly beautiful indexes which tout a sublimely thick texture and a homogeneous creamy patina, elegantly complementing the crisp gilt text.
In 1963, Rolex was still experimenting with the GMT Master’s case design by playing with ergonomics and fuelling its progressive alterations with customer feedback. In addition to boasting strong lines and clear bevels, the present case features ‘pointed crown guards’ evidenced by their pointy shape and sharply tapering profile. Typically associated with the ‘underline double Swiss’ dial, this early crown guard design was subsequently replaced with the squarer ones, allowing for better handling of the crown. Evidently, the rare case displays a “IV.63” engraving, matching with the 1'004'132 serial number visible between the lugs at 12 o’clock.
Lastly, the present lot is powered by the GMT-calibre 1565, based on the reliable 1560. Its main plate bears the 1560 reference, which is a widely accepted feature for the period, as Rolex likely re-used older plates during production.
Offered on behalf of the family of the original UK-based owner, this honest and wonderfully preserved example represents a solid investment opportunity for demanding collectors who will only settle for direct provenance and exceptional condition.