Today we look at my favorite vintage GMT replica watches. Most watch complications are related to our actual whereabouts. Take the chronograph, power reserve, and alarm or minute repeaters as examples. I always found it fascinating that the GMT presented a complication that referred to the events or reality related to you, just happening in any far corner of the world.
I like simple solutions. That’s why I prefer blue and red bezel fake Rolex GMT-Master ref.1675 from 1959 to the ref. 16750 introduced in 1983. Pointing to its primary feature, which was an extra GMT hand, the later GMT Master II ref.16710 allowed it to be set independently. That resulted in the possibility to read not two, but three time zones.
This Rolex replica watch with steel case is as manly as Thomas Magnum. Tom Selleck, the actor who brought everyone’s favorite Hawaii-based PI to life in the ’80s, has kept his GMT Master ever since it found fame on the wrist of his most famous creation. “I’ve had my fair share of sports watches but never one as tough as the Rolex. It’s been underwater, buried in the sand, taken I don’t know how many knocks, and never a problem,“ says Selleck in an interview for FHH Journal.
That’s why I like it so much too. It’s like a steel fortress that protects a very special movement that comes alive with the slightest move of the watch. Sometimes it gives me the feeling that it wouldn’t even let watchmaker in. I already mentioned the charm of the fixed GMT-hand and the same applies to the friction fit bi-directional bezel. If you ever end up with a Rolex ref. 1675 vs 16750 dilemma, I see a really big difference. So think twice! With the Swiss movement copy Rolex GMT Master 1675, there is no quickset date or 120 clicks that help you in aligning the bezel precisely. You have to do it yourself. That’s what a proper vintage GMT feels like to me.