View full screen - View 1 of Lot 2. 'Pepsi' GMT-Master, Ref. 1675 Stainless steel dual time zone wristwatch with date, 'tropical' gilt dial and eagle's beak crown guards Circa 1959 | 勞力士1675型號「'Pepsi' GMT-Master」精鋼兩地時間腕錶備日期顯示,配熱帶鍍金錶盤及尖頂錶冠護橋,年份約1959.
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'Pepsi' GMT-Master, Ref. 1675 Stainless steel dual time zone wristwatch with date, 'tropical' gilt dial and eagle's beak crown guards Circa 1959 | 勞力士1675型號「'Pepsi' GMT-Master」精鋼兩地時間腕錶備日期顯示,配熱帶鍍金錶盤及尖頂錶冠護橋,年份約1959

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Estimate:

50,000

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- 80,000 CHF

Rolex

Rolex

'Pepsi' GMT-Master, Ref. 1675 Stainless steel dual time zone wristwatch with date, 'tropical' gilt dial and eagle's beak crown guards Circa 1959 | 勞力士1675型號「'Pepsi' GMT-Master」精鋼兩地時間腕錶備日期顯示,配熱帶鍍金錶盤及尖頂錶冠護橋,年份約1959

'Pepsi' GMT-Master, Ref. 1675 Stainless steel dual time zone wristwatch with date, 'tropical' gilt dial and eagle's beak crown guards Circa 1959 | 勞力士1675型號「'Pepsi' GMT-Master」精鋼兩地時間腕錶備日期顯示,配熱帶鍍金錶盤及尖頂錶冠護橋,年份約1959

Estimate:

50,000

to
- 80,000 CHF

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'Pepsi' GMT-Master, Ref. 1675

Stainless steel dual time zone wristwatch with date, 'tropical' gilt dial and eagle's beak crown guards

Circa 1959

勞力士1675型號「'Pepsi' GMT-Master」精鋼兩地時間腕錶備日期顯示,配熱帶鍍金錶盤及尖頂錶冠護橋,年份約1959


Dial: 'tropical' gilt dial

Calibre: cal. 1560 automatic, 25 jewels

Movement number: D20'561

Case: stainless steel, screw-down back

Case number: 505'429 

Dimensions: 40 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Box: no

Papers: no

Accessories: none

MVT: is running at the time of cataloguing and the date advancing.

CASE: in fair and attractive condition with the bezel retaining nice color. There are dings and scratches visible with the naked eye throughout, and there are signs of polishing as well. The bezel with some scratches and fine dings.

DIAL: in attractive condition, having turned 'tropical' with a brown hue throughout. There are some fine spots and surface scratches visible with the naked eye. The luminous material with uniform appearance, reacting under UV light and fading shortly after exposure. The hands with some tarnishing and the crystal with some scratches.


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.


Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.


"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."

Succeeding Rolex's first GMT-Master, the reference 6542, the 1675 was introduced in response to Pan Am's ever increasing number of transatlantic fights. The dual time feature indicates the time in two different zones, a helpful tool for pilots at the time. The 6542 was equipped with a Bakelite bezel, which was prone to cracking and also due to the radium, used in its luminescence, emitted strong levels of radiation. This was the cause of some controversy in the United States with a subsequent lawsuit in 1961. Rolex thus recalled these bezels and replaced them with anodized metal ones.


Given the issues with the Bakelite bezels, Rolex introduced the reference 1675 with a metal bezel in 1959. The case number of the present lot dates to the year of initial release, making it one of the earliest produced. The reference 1675 remained in production until 1980, one of the longest-running references in the history of the brand.

Many changes were made over time, though commonly considered the most important differentiation is the dial. Earlier examples such as the present lot feature gilt dials, whereas later examples were fitted with a matte dial with white text. Gilt dials were only produced until 1966 or 1967 and were made using a galvanic coating process. First, the text, name and logo were applied with a special clear coating that prevented the black paint from binding to these parts of the dial. Afterwards, the black paint was applied by galvanization, providing it with, its now revered, smooth, glossy texture. 


The gilt dial of the present lot has, with age, changed to a warm brown hue. These dials, known as tropical dials, are highly desirable among collectors. Furthermore, it features the aptly nicknamed eagle's beak crown guards, another attribute signaling this watch's early production and one again, coveted by vintage Rolex collectors.