GMT-Master

1979

£11,950

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Model name
GMT-Master
Year
1979
Metal
Steel & Yellow Gold
Reference
1675/3
Dial
Brown Root Beer
Serial
59XXXXX
Style
Men's / Unisex
Bezel
24 Hour
Indexes
Nipple
Case
40mm
Bracelet
Oyster
Bracelet size
155-205mm
Crystal
Plexiglass
Box & Paperwork
Rolex
Movement
Automatic Cal. 1570
Condition
Excellent
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Released in 1954, the GMT-Master resulted from Pan Am and Rolex collaborating on a watch that could tell the time in two different places at once

With the further innovation and popularisation of commercial flying, the distances of flights became greater. This resulted in pilots crossing into different time zones more frequently. Thus, a need for uniformity across the industry was borne as potential issues could arise when communicating with ground teams in a different time zone to the pilots. To eliminate these errors, the aviation industry adopted a standard time-zone, Greenwich Mean Time. As such, the GMT-Master’s fourth hand, the 2nd-hour hand, was to stay on Greenwich Mean Time – which is where the name for the watch comes from.

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DIAL
Original matte brown nipple dial

Original matte brown dial with luminous inlaid gold markers, referred to as a “Nipple” dial. These early matte brown dials have become increasingly sought-after by collectors. The dial is signed “T Swiss T” referring to the original tritium luminous used on the dial and hands. The dial has not been touched and remains in excellent original condition.

CASE
Two-tone case with faded 24 hour rotating bezel

The two-tone GMT reference 1675/3 in stainless steel with solid gold 24 hour rotating bezel. The original bezel insert has nicely faded and can be referred to as a “ghost” bezel. The 5.9 million serial number in-between the lugs denotes to the year of production to 1979. It features a plexiglass crystal with a “Cyclops” magnifying the date display and a gold Rolex Twinlock screw down crown. The case & bracelet have been professionally polished by our watchmaker giving the watch a stunning aesthetic.

BRACELET
Two-Tone Rolex Oyster Bracelet

Rolex Oyster “heavy” link bracelet in stainless steel and 14k solid gold, ref. 78363-14 with clasp code G and 480 end links. Bracelets can be resized on request.

Box & Paperwork

This watch comes a Rolex box and documentation to guarantee the authenticity. It is also accompanied by a certificate from The Watch Register stating that the watch has cleared their extensive database of lost & stolen watches.

Oysterbar Guarantee

This watch has been checked by our experts and serviced by our watchmaker, so that we can guarantee the authenticity and provide a one year mechanical warranty.