Rolex GMT Master 1675 Fuchsia

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SKU AS01691
SKU AS01691

Why We Love it

With the advent of the first transcontinental flight in 1953, the pilots of Pan American Airlines required a watch that could tell two timezones simultaneously. As the story goes, they approached Rolex, and in short order the Rolex GMT (as in Greenwich Mean Time) Master was born. The name is a bold declaration of what Rolex intended the watch to be: a true master of the time zones. 

That first reference of GMT-Master, the Reference 6542, was essentially a heavily-modified Turn-O-Graph with the Caliber 1035 movement upgraded to include a 24-hour driving wheel and a 24-hour-hand. The case was modified to include a rotating 24 hour Bakelite bezel in a distinctive blue and red, but lacked the crown guards that would adorn all subsequent references of GMT-Master. But the Reference 6542 was only produced from 1954 to 1960, and was replaced with what was to become the gold standard of vintage Rolex GMTs--and perhaps one of the world's most iconic sport watches--the Reference 1675.

The black dial with the red-and-blue "Pepsi" bezel remains the most frequently-seen, associated with the intrepid pilots of Pan-Am, and even with NASA. A Reference 1675 has the distinction of traveling aboard the fateful Apollo 13 mission on the wrist of Jack Swigert. Indeed, Swigert credited his GMT Master with aiding him to make life-saving calculations that would allow the astronauts to return to Earth. 

One thing that can make a particular Reference 1675 unique is the hue that the bezel will take on when exposed to sunlight or water, or left in a dark drawer for decades. These various hues have been given nicknames by collectors, and one such nickname is the "fuchsia" GMT which we feature here. It's so-called because the vibrant red of the bezel has lightened to a stunning fuchsia. The reason for this metamorphosis of color is due to the chemical formula of paint used by whatever manufacturer produced the bezel (Rolex used several for this reference). Some colors age or degrade faster than others, thanks to the formula, and what results is a veritable rainbow of colors.    

We've seen GMTs before, even some that have taken on a patina that's undoubtedly breathtaking. But there's something to be said for the irresistible appeal of the fuchsia. Much-coveted and conversed about by collectors, the "fuchsia" is sure to turn heads.  

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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.

Rolex GMT Master 1675 Fuchsia

Rolex GMT Master 1675 Fuchsia

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Rolex GMT Master 1675 Fuchsia

Why We Love it

With the advent of the first transcontinental flight in 1953, the pilots of Pan American Airlines required a watch that could tell two timezones simultaneously. As the story goes, they approached Rolex, and in short order the Rolex GMT (as in Greenwich Mean Time) Master was born. The name is a bold declaration of what Rolex intended the watch to be: a true master of the time zones. 

That first reference of GMT-Master, the Reference 6542, was essentially a heavily-modified Turn-O-Graph with the Caliber 1035 movement upgraded to include a 24-hour driving wheel and a 24-hour-hand. The case was modified to include a rotating 24 hour Bakelite bezel in a distinctive blue and red, but lacked the crown guards that would adorn all subsequent references of GMT-Master. But the Reference 6542 was only produced from 1954 to 1960, and was replaced with what was to become the gold standard of vintage Rolex GMTs--and perhaps one of the world's most iconic sport watches--the Reference 1675.

The black dial with the red-and-blue "Pepsi" bezel remains the most frequently-seen, associated with the intrepid pilots of Pan-Am, and even with NASA. A Reference 1675 has the distinction of traveling aboard the fateful Apollo 13 mission on the wrist of Jack Swigert. Indeed, Swigert credited his GMT Master with aiding him to make life-saving calculations that would allow the astronauts to return to Earth. 

One thing that can make a particular Reference 1675 unique is the hue that the bezel will take on when exposed to sunlight or water, or left in a dark drawer for decades. These various hues have been given nicknames by collectors, and one such nickname is the "fuchsia" GMT which we feature here. It's so-called because the vibrant red of the bezel has lightened to a stunning fuchsia. The reason for this metamorphosis of color is due to the chemical formula of paint used by whatever manufacturer produced the bezel (Rolex used several for this reference). Some colors age or degrade faster than others, thanks to the formula, and what results is a veritable rainbow of colors.    

We've seen GMTs before, even some that have taken on a patina that's undoubtedly breathtaking. But there's something to be said for the irresistible appeal of the fuchsia. Much-coveted and conversed about by collectors, the "fuchsia" is sure to turn heads.  

A:S Guarantee

+

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

+

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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