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Rolex GMT-Master ref. 1675 dating from 1960

Grand Auctions is pleased to be selling an early example of Rolex’s iconic reference 1675 GMT-Master watch in their 1st July Fine Arts Sale. The 1675 reference was in production from 1959 until 1980, and the eye-catching blue and red bezel of the so-called ‘Pepsi’ version has become one of the cult watches of the 20th century.

This ‘thin case’ example dates from 1960 and retains many of the original features from that year. It has the earliest variant of the ‘Superlative Chronometer / Officially Certified’ glossy dial with chapter ring and unusual gilt font, whilst the case measures 12.7 mm in thickness, maintaining the same dimensions here as the preceding 6542 reference. The case also sports early pointed crown guards, nicknamed ‘El Cornino’ after the Italian due to their resemblance to horns. The bezel is original with deep cut crenellations, although the insert appears to have been replaced at some point.

It is rare to find such an early example of the 1675 with so many of the original features intact. The watch will be auctioned on Monday 1st July in Grand Auctions’ Fine Arts Sale commencing at 10 am British Summer Time. The estimate is £12,000 - £18,000. For more information, please contact Simon Rufus of Grand Auctions.