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.
Many would say that the 1675 is the most iconic vintage reference for a GMT-Master and it is easy to see why. With a production run of just over 30 years, there are many variations and iterations which makes collecting this reference so satisfying.
This is a particularly amazing example of a GMT-Master. Completely all-original and featuring a Mk V matte dial, this watch comes with a beautiful redback Pepsi insert that has aged fantastically and a dial that has developed a deep and uniform patina. The stainless steel case is well preserved and it is everything we love in a vintage piece.
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.