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Rolex GMT ref# 1675″F” SS/18K YG “Chocolat” circa 1978 “Viva La France”

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Great looking vintage Rolex ref# 1675F SS/18K YG GMT with rare French import 1675″F”designation. Featuring a 40mm diameter case with naturally aged and faded bi-directional 24 hour bezel, acrylic crystal, and with a beautiful original matte “chocolate” brown dial with gold rivet nipple indexes and gilt luminous hands. Powered by self winding caliber 1575 movement with sweep seconds and date and 24 hour 2nd time zone arrow tipped hand. Fully serviced and offered on your choice of sporty style strap, and with our 1 year warranty of accurate time keeping and operation.

NOTES about this rare variation. This is our first encounter with such a rare variation, and we have found that researching the topic has been challenging as there is a paucity of published information we could find on this little known variation. The 5th digit F of the 4 digit 1675 reference number refers to France, and this model was produced for export to France. France has strict hallmark regulations requiring identification of the precious metal content of its good.

Our understanding is that there are both 1675 and 16753 2 tone GMTs with the F designation. Presumably, there are also solid gold GMT’s with this designation, as well as 16014 SS/18K YG Datejusts as well. We don’t know why we don’t see the F designation on any earlier models, or how late this designation was used. Are there any SS/18K ref# 16803F 2 tone Submariners with the F designation? These 2 tones were not introduced to the market until 1984.

Stainless steel watches produced for export to France would not bear the F designation as there is no precious metal content. And furthermore, while the gold content of the the tone GMT’s for export to the U.S. was 14K, we presume that the  metal content of the French pieces was 18K.

We invite further comments and information on this topic. In the meantime, we think it is a great watch and a rare and interesting variant. Apparently there are still discoveries remaining in the world of vintage Rolexes. “Viva La France!”

 

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