Rolex GMT Master*** 1675*** 1978
ROLEX GMT Master with Faded Pepsi Bezel Ref. 1675, Circa 1978
Serial: 5716443
Circa: 1978
Reference No.: 1675

DIAL: Black matte dial with beveled date aperture at 3 o’clock, tritium hour markers. Mercedes hour and pencil minutes hand, lollipop seconds and red color GMT hand indicating the second time zone.

CASE: 40mm, stainless steel with original red and blue rotating bezel and acrylic glass with loupe for date at 3 o’clock.

MOVEMENT: Caliber 1575, Self-winding mechanical movement with 26 jewels

BRACELET: Rolex stainless steel Jubilee bracelet

CONDITION REPORT: Good condition, the matte surface of the dial is flawless and indexes have patinated beautifully. The hands match as well. There is a slight mark on the index at 6 o'clock. The bezel insert has faded and is the original one for this watch. The bracelet is worn according to the watch.
Note that the position of the GMT hand is incorrect in the photos, but has since been fixed according to the time.

NOTES: The iconic Rolex GMT Master was developed as a collaborative project between Rolex and Pan Am Airways. As in the 1940s and 50s flying distances got longer and the pilots travelled through multiple time zones, Pan Am asked Rolex in the early 1950s to develop a watch which could tell different times simultaneously. The model was launched in 1954 and the watch was issued by the airline to their crews on long-haul flights. The first GMT (Ref. 6542) was a regular Turn-O-Graph (Ref. 6202) with a different bezel and a modified movement. The Rolex GMT was designed as an aviator watch: The newly introduced fourth hand allowed the display of an additional time, with the corresponding number markings on the outer bezel. Pilots used the second time to display the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which led to the name Rolex GMT Master.