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Offered here is a very rare and extraordinarily beautiful Rolex GMT-Master, circa 1963. This early GMT-Master is fitted with a rare gilt dial, with an uncommon closed chapter ring and “underline”, as seen underneath the text “Officially Certified”. Further, the dial was fitted in what is known as a “pointed crown guards” case, used sporadically in early Rolex sports models. The cases can be identified by their short, pointed and thin crown guards, later rounded out and made thicker by Rolex.
This early GMT-Master is in great vintage condition. The case has thick and even lugs, and has been professionally restored to recreate the look of the original factory specs of the case. The dial is still glossy and very attractive, with only light spotting visible, primarily near the base of the hands, due to the aging of the original lacquer. The original radium lume is present on the dial, in perfect shape, and aged to a golden yellow, and the hands have been professionally color-matched to the dial. The original “fat font” bezel is in beautiful condition, aged pink.
The watch comes fitted on an 7206 rivet bracelet, with 80 endlinks, and 12 full links. The clasp dates the bracelet to the first quarter of 1965. Further, the bracelet is in perfect condition, with virtually no stretch.