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 1950s 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 specimen is an amazing example of an early GMT-Master. Featuring a glossy gilt dial, these early GMTs are much rarer than the later matte dial versions. The glossy dials are much more enigmatic and certainly signals a step up in your vintage Rolex game as they are much trickier to maneuver, higher in price and much rarer. This example has maintained a beautiful gloss finish that has not been restored and beautiful creamy lumes that match throughout. You can tell that it is original as the gilt printing sits underneath the black gloss dial- it’s hard to see, but with the right lighting and macro photography it becomes very obvious. Not to mention, this GMT comes with a stunning faded fat font insert that complements the deep black dial perfectly.
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 timezone. 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.