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1961 “El Corniño” pcg gilt 1675

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NCRich

The argentinian 1961 “El Corniño” pcg gilt 1675 - year of my birth watch

 

I know I built this, but it is one of the most iconic and beautiful watches I have ever owned. Not just any 1675. Between all of the variations GMT-Master, it´s this early successor of the bakelite- bezeled reference 6542.

 

History: First introduced in 1959, this is the pcg, gilt 1675. Nicknamed the “El Corniño” by collectors for its horn-like appearance (from El Corno in Spanish meaning the horn or the Bull´s horn, with the diminutive added “Little Horn” like Little Bighorn, Custer´s Last Stand) it features a curved profile that points towards the crown. The Corniño lasted only from 1959 to 1965/1966, making it a rarity in today’s market, while the 1675 would be produced for 21 years until 1980, a testament to its real world functionality and timeless design.

The combination of blue, red and gold against the black lacquer Yuki gilt dial works amazingly well. The PCG really adds to the look of this. I left it like a box queen, for me it really is too beautiful in person to age.

 

If I had to own only one watch, this would be it.

 

The specs:

Standard cartel case, 3804b

Drilled lugs, crown guards reshaped to PCG

Yuki lacquered gilt dial

Small GMT hand, hands relumed to match Yuki gold lume

Clark bezel assembly and insert

 

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fatarms

Great attention to the minutiae here. Awesome work as always, Rich.

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wowsasb

Fantastic looking GMT. Makes me want something vintage even more....

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kilowattore

Beautiful and nicely done. Excellent work on the CG's!

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Daywatch

Beautiful and charismatic. You can look at it a thousand times - and each of them it gets better and better. Congrats, it´s wonderful.

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Daffy

That's some extremely nice work there, Rich.

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GC

Your absolute best to date. It's the perfect birth year watch, it's simply stunning!

 

Bravo Rich, wear it in the rudest of health!

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GT86

Stunning dial! :drool: Dare I ask how much a gen would go for at auction?

 

Absolute classic, I'll be coming back to stare at this all week :thumbsup2:

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Bart Cordell

Nicely done !

Mine say hello !

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BM284

As always Rich - top quality!! Looks stunning :D

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greg_r

Great work as usual, Rich. I won't tell you what I misread the topic title as, though... :giggle:

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KeNnY

Very nice buddy ! :)

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Rower

Wearable art work! I love it.

 

Very nice job.

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NCRich

Nicely done !

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Nice Bart! Wish my dial had as much character as yours!

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Daffy

Great work as usual, Rich. I won't tell you what I misread the topic title as, though... :giggle:

 

I doubt that Rolex ever produced a model named El Cornholio.

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greg_r

Great work as usual, Rich. I won't tell you what I misread the topic title as, though... :giggle:

 

I doubt that Rolex ever produced a model named El Cornholio.

 

True. Hublot maybe...

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NCRich

Great work as usual, Rich. I won't tell you what I misread the topic title as, though... :giggle:

 

I doubt that Rolex ever produced a model named El Cornholio.

 

True. Hublot maybe...

 

 

I didn't even realize until Daffy posted it. Slow I am...... :yoda:

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McJules

that's one great looking watch!!!

 

Good job! :thumbsup:

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Moondustesp

Oh man that is nice! This isn't helping my new found obsession of the vintage rolex. Been looking into 1675 build and then I see this. Must resist ;)

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NCRich

Better pics

 

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Hinclimincli

Found this by searching for 1675, ha! Congratulations mate, you have an absolute beaut there.

 

For some reason (practical) I like the old 1675s more than the new. And this reason is the quickset feature! Being that we often swap watches, having a quickset date is almost a must. And while the new movements are starting to be reliable with the CHS, the fact of the matter is that you will be skipping hours for a while in order to get the right day.

 

Plus... These vintage Rollies look incredibly amazing! I especially like the small GMT hand and how stunning it looks with the jubilee bracelet.

 

If our wanted to start with a base watch, would this one be a decent starter before going into mods? http://www.pf-818.com/watches/rolex/gmt-master/vintage-collection/0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-rlgv00111-v-gmt-1675-ss-jub-blk-a2836.html

 

If not, which one would you recommend, instead?

 

Congrats again, sir, amazing watch and amazing work!

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NCRich

I believe that is the "cartel" 1675. I would get it in the less expensive 21j movement. That is the most reliable and has a correct beat rate. This 1675 is out of stock currently at our dealers, but I'm sure it will be back very soon.

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n5jefe

Unbelievable work. Your case reshaping is something I'm curious about. New to this board so will dive around a bit to see if I can learn more, but damn man.... just stunning work. 

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BravoDelta

Just saw this in "recent topics" hmmm :Thinking:  Stellar build and pics! If this is your year of birth watch @NCRich I may have a year on you.  :oldman:

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