Vintage Rolex GMT Master Pepsi Ref. 1675 5.7M Serial - SOLD
Like so many of Rolex's iconic models, the GMT Master was born out of necessity. In the early 1950s, Rolex collaborated with Pan-Am to develop a watch for commercial air pilots. With advancements in technology and longer flight times, pilots needed to be able to track changes in time zones along their routes. While modern pilots have other instrumentation to track time changes, the GMT Master has cemented itself as an immensely popular classic and is one of the most iconic watches of all time.
The reference 1675 we have here is a very nice, wearable example of the early classic reference 1675 GMT Master. Manufactured circa 1979, the watch has a matte tritium service dial with great patina. The bezel is the original red-back fat font classic "Pepsi" GMT red and blue with a nice light even fading, with a 78360 Oyster bracelet securing the watch around the wearer's wrist.
Take a look at the photos and the condition rundown below.
Case: 40mm stainless steel case in excellent vintage condition. The case has thick lugs as shown and shows some surface wear commensurate with use. Crown screws down securely. Both serial and reference number stampings are crisp and fully legible.
Bezel: Bidirectional Pepsi bezel in very good condition as pictured. The insert is the original red-back fat font Pepsi bezel with a very light fading on the red portion.
Dial/Hands: Dial is an older matte tritium service piece likely replaced in the early 1990s. The dial is in wonderful condition and the tritium hour plots have aged to an even pleasing patina. The hands are also service pieces that no longer glow. The GMT hand has darker lume as pictured. Date disc is original silver with open 6's and 9's.
Caseback: Original steel caseback in good conditon with some surface wear as shown. Inner caseback is stamped 1675.
Crystal: Newly fitted acrylic crystal free from any significant signs of wear.
Movement: Caliber 1575 Rolex Automatic GMT movement keeping excellent time. All functions work as they should. Service history is unknown. Rotor does have a very slight wobble.
Bracelet/Strap: 78360 Oyster bracelet with V6 clasp code and 580 end links. Bracelet has 12 links and fits up to a 7.75" wrist comfortably. Bracelet shows only minor stretch and shows some surface wear on the links. The clasp code dates to 1996 indicating a service bracelet.
Accessories: None, sold as watch only.