Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jan 19, 2023

LOT 194*


EUR 60,000 - 120,000

USD 65,000 - 130,000 / HKD 510,000 - 1,010,000 / CHF 60,000 - 120,000

18K yellow gold, self-winding, “tonneau”-shaped, aviator’s wristwatch with screwed case-back, 24-hour graduated bidirectional revolving bezel with matt brown insert for the AM-PM indication, burgundy matt brown dial with centre-seconds and two horological complications, including date (3 o’clock), diurnal (day-time) and nocturnal (night-time) hours with a 24-hour (AM-PM) scale (central hour index).

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If the lot is delivered within the EU:
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If the lot is delivered outside EU:
120€ for termination of temporary export is due,at buyer’s expense
Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3-8


Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Rolex, Geneva

Model "GMT-Master"

Reference 1675

Year circa 1962

Movement No. D 37 260

Case No. 884 275 (by Genex, Geneva)

Material 18K yellow gold

Bracelet 18K yellow gold Rolex riveted “Osyter” bracelet with deployant clasp (end-links 80; dated 4 / 63)

Diameter 40 mm.

Length 170 mm. (approx.)

Caliber 1560

Weight 115.7 gr. (approx.)

Signature dial, case and movement


In the 1960s, Rolex realised that anyone who could afford to fly was rich enough to afford a gold watch (not a steel one), so they started making the
“GMT-Master” in 18K gold and two-tone steel and gold.

Interestingly, the yellow gold version was produced first and used the now discontinued Ref. 6542 case without crown guards, while the two-tone version
retained the reference 1675. Both versions are distinguished by their new brown dials and bezels, which appeared on the market at the end of 1963.
The present watch is an exceedingly rare hybrid version of the celebrated “GMT-Master” reference 1675, combining elements of the late 1950s Ref.
6542 series, most notably the missing crown guards, the luminous “Dauphine” hands and the small tip on the 24-hour hand, and the newly introduced
reference 1675 with the matt brown dial (so-called “bicchierini” by Italian collectors) and the metal insert to the bezel.
It is very interesting to note that the present example comes in unmolested condition, still retaining what is most likely its original bracelet, stamped
“4-63” on the clasp, and that is smoothly rubbed, all in harmony with the case. Moreover, both the clasp and the case were stamped with the French
importation hallmarks showing that the watch was imported in France as a whole. Lastly, the dial is from the period as well, right before the “T Swiss T”
was introduced.

Goldberger, John, 100 Superlative Rolex Watches, p. 192 (a similar reference 1675 “hybrid”, gold case No. 996 195).