Rolex GMT-Master 'Concorde'

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REF 1675/8
Automatic
39 MM
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SKU AS03880
Article Number 40920162
ref 1675/8
case size 39 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 1960s
dial color Brown
material Yellow Gold
style Travel
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 20 MM
Includes Includes Analog:Shift Hudson Brown Saffiano leather strap with gold-plated pin buckle.
overall condition The case is in good condition overall showing some polish and wear consistent with age and use. Luminous matte brown 'nipple' dial is in excellent condition with rich patina and professionally color-matched handset. Signed crown. Brown 24-Hour bezel insert shows light wear and even fade.
REF 1675/8
Automatic
39 MM
– Show less
SKU AS03880
Article Number 40920162
ref 1675/8
case size 39 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 1960s
dial color Brown
material Yellow Gold
style Travel
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 20 MM
Includes Includes Analog:Shift Hudson Brown Saffiano leather strap with gold-plated pin buckle.
overall condition The case is in good condition overall showing some polish and wear consistent with age and use. Luminous matte brown 'nipple' dial is in excellent condition with rich patina and professionally color-matched handset. Signed crown. Brown 24-Hour bezel insert shows light wear and even fade.

Why We Love it

Few watches make a statement like a solid gold sports model Rolex.

This anachronistic blend of technical design and functionality with a precious metal casing material is a polarizing one, and depending on how its worn (and indeed, by whom), can send very different signals - and we'll just leave it at that. Of course, if you want to avoid any possible negative stereotyping, going with a vintage model will certainly alleviate the concern!

But don’t make the mistake of thinking that just because it's vintage it isn’t bomber. The first thing you’ll notice about a watch like this is the weight. There is something instantly satisfying about the heft of a solid gold watch. And for some inexplicable reason, Rolex gold is so much more satisfying than all other gold. There's no science behind that statement - just trust us.

This particular model, a GMT-Master Reference 1675/8 'Root Beer', dates to circa 1969 and features a rich chocolate matte 'nipple' dial with beautifully aged Tritium luminous plots, a lightly ghosted brown bezel insert, and a very rare and early professionally color matched 'Concorde' handset.

This is a stunning example of one of the earliest 18K 1675 models, ready for daily wear and the jet-set lifestyle for which it was originally intended!

Brand Story

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Though much younger than many of its heavy-hitting horological cousins, Rolex has been at the fore of contemporary watch design virtually since its inception in 1905 by founder Hans Wilsdorf. A veritable marketing genius, Wilsdorf understood the power of story, associating his watches with the most notable and intrepid athletes, explorers, soldiers and politicians of the 20th century. His efforts were clearly successful: Today, the word “Rolex” is nearly synonymous in the minds of millions around the word with “watch.”

From the early waterproof Oyster case of the 1920s through to the ultra-complicated Sky Dweller of today, Rolex models and innovations have captivated a global audience and permeated the zeitgeist unlike those of any other brand. Whether it’s a simple, time-only Air King, a function-first Submariner or a complicated GMT Master II for the jet set, a Rolex commands a certain respect on the wrist and says something about the discerning eye of its owner.

From the swimming of the English channel in 1927 to the scaling of Mt. Everest in 1953, Rolex watches have been associated with adventure for the better part of a century. Despite its association since the 1970s more with luxury and status than with commando operations behind enemy lines or sporting achievements, Rolex still makes one of the most robust timepieces available on the contemporary market. And the company continues to support scientific endeavors around the world.

Interestingly, for most of the firm’s history, Rolex largely did not produce its components in-house, including its movements. (Indeed, hand-wound Daytonas sold today at auction for eye-watering prices feature run-of-the-mill Valjoux movements that feature in watches from hundreds of other brands). It wasn’t until the early 21st century that Rolex became the vertically integrated manufacturing behemoth that it is today, purchasing everything from movement manufacturers to bracelet companies. (Notably, the Crown even forges its own gold.)

Whether one is attracted to the rich history of the brand or simply finds its products notable from an investment perspective, Rolex is a company whose wares are guaranteed to remain a benchmark for horological quality forever.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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