The Rolex GMT-Master needs no introduction. It is perhaps the most iconic travel watch, allowing its wearer to simultaneously tell two time zones. Developed originally in the 1950’s for PanAm pilots, who had then begun flying transatlantic routes more frequently, this handy tool watch was vital in order to track home and local time.
This particular example is an amazing example of a GMT-Master. Featuring a Mark I dial, correct for its 1968 production year it comes with matching creamy lumes. Not only that, but characteristically to GMT-Masters made in the late 60s, it’s bezel has aged evenly from its original blue and red to fuchsia and sky blue. This bezel alone is highly sought after as not many aged as uniformly as this 1675.
To travel with a GMT-Master Ref.1675 on the wrist is certainly to travel in style, combining practicality with that mid-century cool. A genuine tool watch, I really do feel that the GMT function is the most practical complication to have on the wrist, even today. All it takes is one look at the wrist and you will be able to tell the time at your selected time zone. For someone like me, or I am sure many of you, who travels a lot or even conducts business on the other side of the world, a GMT-Master is without a doubt, a welcome tool. It certainly is faster than fumbling around with your iPhone to find out.