Small engravings and stampings can mean a lot to collectors. Daytonas engraved ‘drive carefully, me’ are something entirely separate to a ‘standard’ 6239 (if there is such a thing). A Lemania chronograph engraved with the name of a particular PM, well that’s something just a bit special. Some engravings are a bit more of the people. This 1675 has a case back indicating delivery to the Fuerza Aérea del Perú, or Peruvian Air Force. We love military watches in all variety around here. I am not alone in this, collectors and markets agree. Watches with history to tell attract excess premiums and attention, simply for the diversity of life they have experienced.
It makes sense that a watch designed for pilots would be attractive to the upper echelon of Peruvian Air Force officers. Rolex created timepieces with intent to be delivered to various military factions over the years. The majority are 5514/7 naval subs or the odd 6150 HS10. Very rarely do we find a FAP delivered GMT. The 1675 is just damn cool as is. Its charm has bewitched countless celebs and period characters from Fidel Castro to Steve Carrell. There have been more practical GMTs and there have been more ornate GMTs, but there has never been a more iconic GMT than the early pepsi Rolex GMT-Master. Though popularized, it is a tool watch at its core and no variation better presents that than this military origin 1675.
In terms of condition, this watch is surprisingly square. The case is sharp with its bevel still proud. The dial and bezel are aged even with all texts still visible, though sun exposure has rendered both faded. The bracelet is correct and original. The case back is signed and stamped with its last 3 serial digits, as is correct for these. Do your own research, as a lot of black magic has been said to go around with these. That said, it appears to be a beautiful example of a military watch which rarely surfaces in the grey market.
Find this FAP 1675 here from Only Vintage in Monaco listed as POA.