Rolex "Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master", Case No. 3222410, Ref. 1675, Cal. 1570, 39 mm, circa 1972
A gentleman's extremely rare automatic wristwatch with so called UAE dial and "Pepsi" bezel, made for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Case: steel, screw back ref. 1675 II/72, turnable bezel with 24h indicator, screwed "Twinlock" winding crown, steel "Jubilee" bracelet Ref. 62510H with lugs 555. Dial: black, luminous indexes, date, luminous Mercedes hands. Movm.: rotorwind movement, Glucydur screw balance.
The black matte dial has the polychrome crest of the UAE Ministry of Defence above "6" o'clock and the signature of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to its right. These watches were specially issued for military staff of the United Arabic Emirates and given out according to rank – ranging from the Oyster no date model to the gold Submariner.
This example of the GMT-Master reference 1675 is a very rare piece - it shows the emblem of the United Arab Emirates as well as the signature of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The Hawk of Quraysh Hawk, has been printed in different 'padded layers', which produce a particularly fascinating three-dimensional effect. The hawk is a symbol which is found on a number of emblems, coat of arms and flags of several states of the Arab world; in the centre of the hawk here sits a Dhow or Arabian sailboat in polychrome enamel - in today’s portrayals this is replaced by the federation flag of the United Arab Emirates. The watch is in outstanding condition; it also features the so-called Pepsi bezel insert, which is thought to have specially created for the watches delivered to Middle Eastern armed forces in the early 1970s. The dial is original - the luminescent numerals and hands have charmingly aged into a fine cream colour, perfectly setting off the clear Quraysh Hawk crest and the signature of His Highness Sheik Al Maktoum. The case is similarly well preserved with finely fluted lugs. This reference 1675 is a real treasure for the fans and friends of fine and rare sports watches - its beauty and appeal are unequalled.
Estimate 80,000 - 120,000 €
Price Realised 82,600 €
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