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Rolex GMT Master 1675: The Quintessential GMT Master | SwissWatchExpo

Rolex GMT Master 1675: The Quintessential GMT Master | SwissWatchExpo

From SwissWatchExpo… Spotlight On: Rolex GMT Master reference 1675. The quintessential Rolex GMT Master. The Rolex GMT-Master 1675 is one of Rolex’s
biggest hits. Considered the emblematic GMT-Master, it was
produced from 1959 to 1980, enjoying one of the longest runs in Rolex’s history. True to form with Rolex, 1675 models were
given subtle, incremental changes throughout its 20-year history – meaning there is no
shortage of models out there to explore. Let’s check them out. The 1675 is the second generation of the Rolex
GMT-Master, replacing the first model, ref 6542. Important changes were made to the 1675 – first
was the introduction of crown guards and second was replacing the fragile radium Bakelite
bezel with an aluminum insert. Both changes made the watch robust enough
for daily wear. These improvements, along with its sheer beauty,
made the 1675 popular. Along the way, Rolex introduced a succession
of variations in dials, hands, and other features. This makes the 1675 a model that’s quite
fun to get lost in. Let’s check them out. Let’s start with the bezels. While the red-blue Pepsi bezel is the most
popular of the 1675 models – there have also been other colors for the bezel, either
launched by Rolex or as a product of age. There’s the Rootbeer, at left, launched
in the early 70s, which marks Rolex’s introduction of the steel and gold variation to the 1675
line. There are also Tropical dials, like the one
at right – these are originally red-blue Pepsi models that have faded to become a light
blue and fuchsia bezel. The 1675 also comes in black bezels – one
that’s all black, with white 24-hour numerals; and another in a black and yellow gold combination. At right is the Blueberry – a very rare, solid
blue bezel, which Rolex produced exclusively for the French and UAE Air-Force. It remains elusive and is often counterfeited. The 1675 dials also changed through the course
of production. The first generation models have glossy, black
dials with ‘gilt’ or warm gold text. Among the glossy dials, there are still many
different variations – such as those with chapter rings and those without. By the mid 1960s, the glossy, gilt dials were
changed to matte black dials with white text. This gave the 1675 a more modern look. The 1675 was also made available in two kinds
of bracelets. First is the Oyster bracelet, used in other
Rolex sport watches, which makes the 1675 look more rugged and sportier. At right is the Jubilee, whose small center
links make the watch look dressier. As the first Rolex GMT Master with crown guards,
these had variations as well. First was the pointed crown, often called
“El Cornino” because of its resemblance to horns. It can be seen in earlier models and until
the mid-1960s. Later versions were then replaced with flat
edged crown guards, as seen here. Given their longer production period, most
1675 models have this kind of crown guard. And finally, we have the GMT Hand, which is
integral to the GMT Master. Used in conjunction with the 24-hour bezel,
it lets the wearer read time, in a second timezone. This early model has a small arrow at the
end of its red 24 hour hand as you can see. On this model at left, you’ll see that the
arrow has been replaced by a larger hand. All models from the late 1960s, reflected
this change, to offer better legibility. All these changes make the Rolex GMT-Master
1675 interesting to explore. As always, the key is to do your homework
before buying the watch. Which of the Rolex GMT Master 1675 models
did you like best? Tell us in the comments section.

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