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Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 1675/8 - 'Nipple' Dial Unpolished

Sale price$30,250.00 USD

The Rolex GMT-Master is one of the most historic and iconic watches the brand ever produced. Its origin dates back to a commission request by Pan American World Airways in the early 50’s for their fleet of pilots who needed access to different time zones.

These pieces would feature a similar design to another watch that Rolex was developing around that time, the Submariner, but would include a fourth hand running on 24-hr time, and a bi-colored bezel insert to represent AM/PM times. Those colors, naturally, would be the PanAm colors: Red & Blue. Thus, in 1953, the Ref. 6542 GMT-Master was born. These early pieces were ultimately, fragile arguably flawed in some ways, and were therefor succeeded by the updated Reference 1675 in 1959.

These pieces introduced a larger case size with crown-guards and a bi-colored blue + red bezel insert made of aluminum. The Ref. 1675 underwent many small changes over its 21-year production run, with a slew of dial, bezel, bracelet, and hand variations. You know, Rolex stuff.

In the case of the piece that we have here (no pun intended), its metal that it is constructed out of: solid yellow gold!

Dating to circa 1977, it remains in simply fantastic condition, with an unpolished case with clear factory lug chamfers, a near-flawless black 'nipple' dial and matching handset — both showing a rich, even patina, and a well-preserved black aluminum 24-hr bezel insert. It comes fitted to a matching solid yellow gold Jubilee bracelet with a signed hidden clasp.

Whats more, it still retains an engraving on its caseback.

Yellow Gold 1977 Unpolished Automatic 40mm
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