Rolex GMT Master

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SKU AS02094
SKU AS02094

Why We Love it

Technology advances so quickly in today's world that we often lose track of the fact that a mere fifty years after Orville and Wilbur Wright took their first flight at Kitty Hawk, the flight paths of commercial airlines spanned multiple continents and timezones. 

Imagine: In 1911, it took Calbraith Perry Rodgers nearly 20 days to fly across the continental United States. By 1953, airlines like Trans World Airlines and Pan Am were servicing non-stop commercial transcontinental flights. In four short decades, aviation evolved from gliders made of staves of white pine that could only stay aloft for minutes at a time, to jet liners made of aluminum alloys that could hold over 13,000 gallons of fuel and traverse thousands of miles in just hours.

But in addition to the technological advances it summoned, the Jet Age changed the way humans beings conceived of travel.  Suddenly, Atlantic crossings by steamer were antiquated. Those that would have luxuriated aboard the Queen Mary now sought to breakfast in New York and sup in Rome, and in doing so, formed a new elite class, the Jet Set. Further, these deep-pocketed Jet Setters - a ticket from Paris to New York on Trans World Airlines, for example, cost $295 in 1953 ($2388 in today's currency) - were the harbingers of today's vibrant travel ethos.

As jet technology made the surmounting of natural and national borders nearly common-place, people responded, adapting old technologies to suit the unprecedented proliferation and relative ease of global travel. The frequency at which these transatlantic and transcontinental flights occurred made it necessary for a type of wristwatch that could display two timezones at once.

It was Pan Am that approached Rolex with that conundrum, and Rolex came up with the solution--the GMT Master. The pilots of Pan Am adopted the GMT Master as the official wristwatch, and the airline even commissioned a white dial for its ground crew. Other airlines soon followed, making the GMT Master synonymous with aviation. According to Skeet & Uhrl's Vintage Rolex Sports Models, a Rolex advertisement from 1960 stated that the GMT Master was the preferred timepiece of "twenty out of twenty-one aircraft navigators."

In 1960 Rolex released a new reference of GMT Master, the Reference 1675. The 1675 featured crown guards and was powered by the Caliber 1565 movement, and later, the Caliber 1575. In addition to being a perennial favorite of pilots, the GMT Master also attracted the attention and appreciation of astronauts.

Purchased from the person who bought it from the original owner, this particular Reference 1675 dates from the late 1970s, in the waning days of the Jet Age. The handsomely-ghosted bezel speaks of years of travel and loving use. Looking at it conjures images of La Dolce Vita, seemingly asking, "where are we going next?"

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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.

Rolex GMT Master

Rolex GMT Master

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Rolex GMT Master

Why We Love it

Technology advances so quickly in today's world that we often lose track of the fact that a mere fifty years after Orville and Wilbur Wright took their first flight at Kitty Hawk, the flight paths of commercial airlines spanned multiple continents and timezones. 

Imagine: In 1911, it took Calbraith Perry Rodgers nearly 20 days to fly across the continental United States. By 1953, airlines like Trans World Airlines and Pan Am were servicing non-stop commercial transcontinental flights. In four short decades, aviation evolved from gliders made of staves of white pine that could only stay aloft for minutes at a time, to jet liners made of aluminum alloys that could hold over 13,000 gallons of fuel and traverse thousands of miles in just hours.

But in addition to the technological advances it summoned, the Jet Age changed the way humans beings conceived of travel.  Suddenly, Atlantic crossings by steamer were antiquated. Those that would have luxuriated aboard the Queen Mary now sought to breakfast in New York and sup in Rome, and in doing so, formed a new elite class, the Jet Set. Further, these deep-pocketed Jet Setters - a ticket from Paris to New York on Trans World Airlines, for example, cost $295 in 1953 ($2388 in today's currency) - were the harbingers of today's vibrant travel ethos.

As jet technology made the surmounting of natural and national borders nearly common-place, people responded, adapting old technologies to suit the unprecedented proliferation and relative ease of global travel. The frequency at which these transatlantic and transcontinental flights occurred made it necessary for a type of wristwatch that could display two timezones at once.

It was Pan Am that approached Rolex with that conundrum, and Rolex came up with the solution--the GMT Master. The pilots of Pan Am adopted the GMT Master as the official wristwatch, and the airline even commissioned a white dial for its ground crew. Other airlines soon followed, making the GMT Master synonymous with aviation. According to Skeet & Uhrl's Vintage Rolex Sports Models, a Rolex advertisement from 1960 stated that the GMT Master was the preferred timepiece of "twenty out of twenty-one aircraft navigators."

In 1960 Rolex released a new reference of GMT Master, the Reference 1675. The 1675 featured crown guards and was powered by the Caliber 1565 movement, and later, the Caliber 1575. In addition to being a perennial favorite of pilots, the GMT Master also attracted the attention and appreciation of astronauts.

Purchased from the person who bought it from the original owner, this particular Reference 1675 dates from the late 1970s, in the waning days of the Jet Age. The handsomely-ghosted bezel speaks of years of travel and loving use. Looking at it conjures images of La Dolce Vita, seemingly asking, "where are we going next?"

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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