Rolex Rolex  GMT Master 1675 from 1965 with an almost perfect gilt dial

Rolex GMT Master 1675 from 1965 with an almost perfect gilt dial

Brand: Rolex
Reference: 1675
Gender: Male/Uni-sex
Year: 1965
Material: stainless steel
Dial Color: black burgundy red
Dimensions: 40 mm
Watch Movement: automatic
Bracelet/Strap: stainless steel
Box/Paper: WRIST ICONS watch pouch if ordered at WRIST ICONS
Condition: very good

This is a rare opportunity to purchase an incredible Rolex GMT Master 1675 from around 1965 with a beautiful almost perfect gilt dial.


History of the Rolex GMT Master

As the flight industry began to really take off in the 1940s and 1950s, pilots began flying longer distances. Originally designed in collaboration with Pan Am Airways, the Rolex GMT Master was initially created for Pan AM, and issued by them to their crews on long-haul flights. The key feature of the watch was that the wearer could tell different times simultaneously. The original GMT Master watch has a 24 hour display fourth hand complication directly linked to and displaying the same time zone as the standard 12 hour hand. The GMT hand enables the wearer to set the watch to GMT or any other time zone for the main time view, then set the rotatable 24 hour scale bezel to a second time zone. The name GMT is derived from Greenwich Mean Time. Greenwich Mean Time is also known as Coordinated Universal Time, and is the time zone that is required for all aviation planning, weather forecasts, and schedules.

The first Rolex GMT reference 6542 was introduced in 1954.  It featured a bakelite bezel (which was replaced after two years by an aluminum bezel because it cracked very easily) and had no crown guards. The James Bond fan also might recognize this watch as it was on the wrist of Pussy Galore in the Goldfinger movie. The Rolex GMT-Master ref.6542 was in production till 1959.

Perhaps one of the most popular vintage Rolex GMT-Master watches is this ref.1675. This watch was introduced in 1959 and was in production till 1980, indeed a very long time. Till the late 1960s, the extra hour hand featured a small triangle and was succeeded by a red hand with a larger triangle through-out the 1970s. Early models also featured pointed crown guards and a chapter ring. It was also the first Rolex sports watch that became available on both the Oyster (reference 78360) and Jubilee (reference 62510) bracelet.

Followed by the Rolex GMT Master 16750 in ca 1980, a model with a new movement and glossy dials. Rolex started using the caliber 3075 movement, which featured a quick-set date. The movement also increased ‘speed’ to 28,800vph. This model was in production till 1988.



The Rolex GMT-Master is the most recognizable traveler’s watch in the world. One of the successful ingredients for this, is that Rolex always has been consistent regarding the design of the GMT-Master.

The Rolex GMT-Master was originally designed for professional use to aid airline pilots. However, its combination of peerless functionality and instantly recognizable aesthetics has attracted a wider audience of world travelers. Designed to show the time in two different time zones simultaneously during intercontinental flights, the GMT‑Master has come to be recognized for its robustness and versatile appearance. The GMT-Master II evokes intercontinental travel across time zones. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) marks mean solar time at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London — the location of the original meridian used for calculating longitude and determining different time zones around the world.


Notes & Conditions:

This is a really fine looking vintage Rolex GMT Master 1675. It is in excellent vintage condition, remarkable well preserved for its age. It is a really nice watch that you can use as a daily wearer. Movement has been fully serviced by our watchmaker.

  • Case: excellent case that has been polished and shows light wear from use.
  • Caseback: original 1675 caseback with engravings IV/63 and several inscriptions from watchmakers. Has some scratches but in good vintage condition
  • Bezel: comes with an excellent red and blue (red-back) GMT bezel which has lightly faded from wear.
  • Dial and hands: beautiful glossy gilt dial with matching creamy hour markers and hands. The dial variant is the TYPE C dial with “Swiss T < 25” at 6 hours. The dial is correct for the serial range Serial Number Range: 875xxx-172xxxx*T his really nice dial has some minor patina on it, only a small spot above the T from GMT MASTER. It looks really stunning and verry hard to find in this condition. Date disk with open 6’s and 9’s some scratches on the original date disk.
  • Movement: caliber 1565 based on caliber 1560  beating at 18,000 beats per hour and benefits from an increased power reserve of 48 hours with 26 jewels.
  • Bracelet: stainless steel riveted elastic U.S.A. Jubilee bracelet  with a folding clasp. 22 links full size 170mm end to end and has moderate stretch for its age.
  • Box/papers: watch only

Overall, the exceptional finishing of the Rolex GMT is noteworthy, both for its design and execution.

As with all of our pre-owned watches this watch comes with a full 12 month WRIST ICONS warranty that will be invoked from the day of purchase.  Please check our website to have a look at the high resolution pictures on a macro level. You will see every detail at its best.

Viewings can be arranged at our office by appointment.


  • Specifications:

  • Brand: Rolex
  • Model: GMT Master 
  • Reference: 1675                     
  • Serial number: 11065xx
  • Year: 1965
  • caliber: Automatic mechanical caliber 1560/5 with date aperture waterproof screw down crown
  • Movement No: D684xx
  • Case: It has a stainless steel case with screw down case back
  • Dimensions: 40mm diameter;
  • Case thickness: 12.7 mm including plexi-glass crystal
  • Case back: 1675 Oyster steel screw lock
  • Water resistance: 50 MT / 5 ATM
  • Bezel: excellent red and blue GMT bezel which has lightly faded from wear
  • Crystal: plexi glass
  • Box/Papers: no
  • Bracelet: Stainless steel U.S.A. Jubilee bracelet  with a folding clasp. Rolex box: no
  • Seller Warranty: 12 Months
12 month warranty
14 day returns