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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Nov 08, 2020

LOT 296


A fine, self-winding, stainless steel wristwatch with GMT indication.

Brand Rolex

Model Gmt-Master

Reference 1675

Year Circa 1978

Case No. 5635256

Bracelet Stainless steel Rolex bracelet (78360/580), approx. overall length 195 mm

Caliber 1570

Dimensions 38 mm

Signature Dial, case and movement

CHF 10,000 - 15,000

HKD 80,000 - 120,000 / USD 10,000 - 15,000

Sold: CHF 15,000

Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3-8


Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-02

Very good

HANDS Service hands


Property of the original British pilot
It would seem appropriate that pilots themselves would wear the famous GMT-Master as it was initially marketed towards them as seen in early Rolex ads featuring the Pan-Am airline. Meticulous as one would expect, the watch has retained its original punched warranty, the original purchase receipt, business card from the store vendor, 4 different service receipts, calendar card and hang tag.
In his own words from the original owner: “Now retired, I was an airline captain flying worldwide routes. Whilst in transit in Hong Kong, in December 1977, I bought myself this Rolex GMT Master 1675 and it has been on my wrist, trouble free and reliable ever since. I found the GMT function most useful, especially when crossing multi time zones, never more so than when, as a captain on the Boeing 747-400 with Singapore Airlines, I was continually flying their extensive, global route structure. The watch has flown with me around the world for more than 8’000’000 miles”.