ROLEX GMT MASTER TROPICAL DIAL 'EL CORNINO'

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ROLEX GMT MASTER TROPICAL DIAL 'EL CORNINO'

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    Pickup available, usually ready in 2-4 days

    35/37 Ludgate Hill
    London EC4M 7JN
    United Kingdom

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THE ESSENTIALS

MAKE: ROLEX
MODEL: 1675
YEAR: 1960
BOX/PAPERS: NO/NO
CASE DIAMETER: 40mm
CASE MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL
BRACELET MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL
MOVEMENT: AUTOMATIC

The GMT Master is one of the world’s most iconic watch designs, originally designed for airline pilots, it now adorns the wrists of many. The 1675 reference we have here was originally produced in 1959 and was kept in production until 1980.

Rolex made many changes to this reference, everything from the movement, dials from gloss to matte and even the bezel design. It’s a minefield.

The main talking point on this piece is the dial and the rare 'El Cornino' case. The reddish brown hue that has formed over the last 60 or so years is incredible, paired with its original red back bezel which has ghosted heavily, it really does offer a superb contrast. The case, if you're not familiar with the early 1675's came with different shaped crown guards known as El Cornino, Italian for horn, they look very similar to the Eagle Beak cases on the early 5512's but are slightly different. These cases are only seen between 1960 and early 63.

This particular example dates to 1960, the dial is a type 3 SCOC chapter ring dial, this dial was first seen around the 62**** range, this watch being 622***. The dial has slight damage between 11 and 12 markers and on the Swiss logo at the base, no doubt moisture related. The GMT hand is original but the hour, second and minute hand have glowy tritium hailing from the late 60's. Our guess would be based on the service inscriptions, These were replaced along with the clasp in 68. 

The watch is paired to a 7206 rivet oyster bracelet with a slightly later clasp from 1/68 but period correct.

The date wheel is the original brushed silver with closed 6 and 9’s with a flat 7. . The watch is running well, around +3 per day and 215 amps. 

We believe this to be one of the most fairly priced tropical 1675’s on the market, a wonderful watch that would sit proudly in any collection. 

 

 

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