1966 Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 1675 'Gilt dial'
Case: All Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 40mm excluding crown
Caliber: Rolex cal. 1575 Automatic
Strap: 20mm Rolex Jubilee stainless steel bracelet 6251H with 55 endlinks and date stamped 69
Before we describe this beautiful 1675 ‘Gilt’, let us introduce you first a bit into the Rolex GMT –Master memory lane…
The first GMT-Master in production ever was the ref.6542 and was introduced in 1954. But, perhaps one of the most popular vintage Rolex GMT-Master watches is this ref.1675. Introduced in 1959 and produced till 1980.
Till the mid-1960s, the extra hour hand featured a small triangle and was succeeded by a red hand with a larger triangle through-out the late 1960s and 1970s. Early 1960s models also featured pointed crown guards and a chapter ring, while mid 1960s and on started featuring regular crown guards. True to the era, the first generation of GMT-Master ref. 1675 watches included glossy black dials with gilt printing. This was the case up until the mid-1960s when Rolex exchanged them for matt black dials with white text. It’s worth noting that there are in fact two types of glossy/gilt dials—earlier ones with a chapter ring and later ones without a chapter ring. Due to their age and relatively short production run, gilt dials are the most rare and valuable among the different types of vintage Rolex sport dials, and collectors often seek them out for their warm and unmistakably vintage appearance.
An instantly recognizable feature on some Rolex GMT-Master watches are the so-called “Pepsi” bezels—named so for the same red, white, and blue colors found on the Pepsi logo. Earlier versions of the Pepsi bezel on the GMT-Master ref. 1675 are often referred to as Fat Font bezels due to their visibly thicker 24-hour numerals. Over time, Rolex furnished later editions of the GMT-Master ref. 1675 with bezels marked with thinner numerals.
The first 1675 watches came with Rolex caliber 1565, until 1965 when Rolex started to equip them with caliber 1575 (in fact being a 1570/5 which is a 1570 with date function, and that’s why only 1570 is stamped). This movement had a higher ticking number (19,800vph instead of 18,000 vph). Later on, caliber 1575 was modified to have a hacking feature (seconds will stop when the crown is pulled out). This was done in 1971.
Being part of the latest batch of glossy gilt 1675s, this example offered here is, in our honest opinion, one of the most beautiful ever seen. It features a glossy gilt dial remaining in flawless condition bearing in mind that glossy gilt dials tend to bubble and crack quite easily. The surface of this dial is smooth an even. It also has huge original yellow patina lume plots and matching hands. The lume still glows bright, common on 1960s gilt GMTs. The redback GMT ‘pepsi’ bezel remains in fantastic condition too having slightly faded.
The 40mm stainless steel case is sharp. Case back stamped 1675 II.66.
The watch is running good and keeping excellent time as it has been fully serviced by our watchmaker.
It comes suited on the original 20mm Rolex Jubilee stainless steel bracelet 6251H with 55 endlinks and date stamped 69.