GMT-Master

1972

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Model name
GMT-Master
Year
1972
Metal
Stainless Steel
Reference
1675
Dial
Pepsi Mark 2 Matte
Serial
29XXXXX
Style
Men's / Unisex
Bezel
24 Hour 'Pepsi'
Indexes
Luminous
Case
40mm
Bracelet
Oyster
Bracelet size
162-207mm
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 Mark 2 matte black dial

Original matte black dial with luminous markers, Mercedes hands and GMT arrow hand. This rare dial type is referred to as a Mark 2 dial and is correct for the 2.9 million serial number of this watch. The dial is signed  “Swiss- T<25” referring to the original tritium luminous used on the dial & hands which both have a nice patina. The dial has not been touched and remains in excellent original condition.

CASE
Steel case with plexiglass & 24 hour rotating Pepsi bezel

The GMT reference 1675 in stainless steel with ‘Pepsi’ bezel. The 2.9 million serial number in-between the lugs denotes the year of production to 1972. The case is sharp with defined chamfered lugs and has some light scratches on due to general use and lack of polishing. The rotating bezel with 24 hour “Pepsi” insert is a Rolex service replacement and is in excellent condition. This reference features a plexiglass crystal with “Cyclops” magnifying the date display and a Rolex Twinlock screw down crown.

BRACELET
Rolex Oyster Bracelet

This Rolex “heavy” Oyster bracelet is from a later period to the watch. It has the reference 78360 with clasp code K12 and 501 B end links. Bracelets can be resized on request.

Box & Paperwork

This watch comes with a period correct 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.

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