We haven’t had a glossy dial GMT-Master replica in the five-star Online Shop for quite some time, and I’m pleased we’re able to offer this beauty today. Rolex started off producing the GMT-Master with a glossy dial in 1955, and it continued production until the mid-1960s before making the transition to matte dials. Glossy dial Rolex sport watches hold a special place in collectors’ hearts. I never owned a vintage Rolex with a glossy dial, but one is on my list – there’s just something about that shiny black dial that really speaks to me. I love that when you angle the watch, the dial almost looks like a mirror.
This example is from 1963 and features a “pointed crown guard” (PCG) case, meaning the crown guards are sharper than those on the following models. These early GMT-Master watches feature this style of crown guards, whereas in the mid-1960s, Rolex would make the crown guards rounder, similar to what you’ll find on today’s GMT-Master II. This watch also simply has a great overall look, with a rich black dial featuring buttery lume, to the nicely faded “Pepsi” bezel and well-preserved Oyster rivet bracelet. If you’re ready to give this watch a good home, visit the Online Shop.