Rolex GMT Master

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SKU AS01772
SKU AS01772

Why We Love it

The desire to collect and cherish precious objects is almost as old as humanity itself. Even the ancients collected artifacts that they themselves deemed old, as an archaeologist discovered in 1925 when he excavated the palace of a Babylonian princess and uncovered her private (curated and neatly organized) collection of antiquities. In the Modern Era, today's great museums and art galleries started as nobles' private collections and then were gradually opened to the public.

So it's certainly an innate component of our human psychology, perhaps even hard-wired in our DNA. We could get into the psychology of collecting, but in it there's an indelible desire to connect, through objects, both to the past and the present. In other words, those who seek out vintage objects act as custodians of the past for future generations, not just for themselves.

Watch collectors especially understand the deep significance of collecting and preserving these horological artifacts in an age when humanity has entered a Digital Age. 

In today's vintage watch market, collectors strive to feel as though they own a piece of their watch's past. There's a shift in today's vintage marketplace toward watches where the provenance--the complete history of the watch's ownership--is known. These watches, highly desirable, are veritable time capsules.

As collectors ourselves, we understand that need more than anything, and how rare it is to come across one of these time capsules. Quite simply, watches change hands so many times over the years, are sold and get serviced, and associated documentation generally disappears. So when we find a watch that comes complete with a box and all its attendant paperwork, it's a special occasion indeed.

In talking about this particular watch, a Rolex GMT Master Reference 1675, we don't use the term "time capsule" lightly; nor are we exaggerating when we say that it comes with perhaps the most complete set of paperwork we've ever seen. 

1968. That's the year this watch was sold at Bucherer to a customer who lived in Brooklyn, New York. He obviously cherished and cared for this watch, because included are service receipts and associated paperwork from Rolex dating from 1971, 1974, and 1979. 

For an example of an already-desirable Reference, this watch goes above and beyond the requirements for what makes a watch collectible. Not only has it been exceedingly documented and loved, but it comes fitted with an early "long E" Mark I dial and a bezel that's aged to a beautiful fuchsia that makes previous examples we've seen (as lovely and desirable as they are) seem almost like shrinking violets in comparison. Those elements--and a lovely bracelet (dated 1967) with extra links--alone make it worthy of consideration, but when you add all the accoutrements, it transcends mere collectibility. 

To paraphrase Patek Philippe--you don't just own this watch, you merely safeguard it for the next generation. Never more has that been as important as it is now, when digital timekeepers take precedence over their mechanical counterparts. If you ever wanted to see an example of an artifact in the metal, something that has been and deserved to be preserved, then this is it. 

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.

Rolex GMT Master

Rolex GMT Master

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Rolex GMT Master

Why We Love it

The desire to collect and cherish precious objects is almost as old as humanity itself. Even the ancients collected artifacts that they themselves deemed old, as an archaeologist discovered in 1925 when he excavated the palace of a Babylonian princess and uncovered her private (curated and neatly organized) collection of antiquities. In the Modern Era, today's great museums and art galleries started as nobles' private collections and then were gradually opened to the public.

So it's certainly an innate component of our human psychology, perhaps even hard-wired in our DNA. We could get into the psychology of collecting, but in it there's an indelible desire to connect, through objects, both to the past and the present. In other words, those who seek out vintage objects act as custodians of the past for future generations, not just for themselves.

Watch collectors especially understand the deep significance of collecting and preserving these horological artifacts in an age when humanity has entered a Digital Age. 

In today's vintage watch market, collectors strive to feel as though they own a piece of their watch's past. There's a shift in today's vintage marketplace toward watches where the provenance--the complete history of the watch's ownership--is known. These watches, highly desirable, are veritable time capsules.

As collectors ourselves, we understand that need more than anything, and how rare it is to come across one of these time capsules. Quite simply, watches change hands so many times over the years, are sold and get serviced, and associated documentation generally disappears. So when we find a watch that comes complete with a box and all its attendant paperwork, it's a special occasion indeed.

In talking about this particular watch, a Rolex GMT Master Reference 1675, we don't use the term "time capsule" lightly; nor are we exaggerating when we say that it comes with perhaps the most complete set of paperwork we've ever seen. 

1968. That's the year this watch was sold at Bucherer to a customer who lived in Brooklyn, New York. He obviously cherished and cared for this watch, because included are service receipts and associated paperwork from Rolex dating from 1971, 1974, and 1979. 

For an example of an already-desirable Reference, this watch goes above and beyond the requirements for what makes a watch collectible. Not only has it been exceedingly documented and loved, but it comes fitted with an early "long E" Mark I dial and a bezel that's aged to a beautiful fuchsia that makes previous examples we've seen (as lovely and desirable as they are) seem almost like shrinking violets in comparison. Those elements--and a lovely bracelet (dated 1967) with extra links--alone make it worthy of consideration, but when you add all the accoutrements, it transcends mere collectibility. 

To paraphrase Patek Philippe--you don't just own this watch, you merely safeguard it for the next generation. Never more has that been as important as it is now, when digital timekeepers take precedence over their mechanical counterparts. If you ever wanted to see an example of an artifact in the metal, something that has been and deserved to be preserved, then this is it. 

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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