As strange as it may seem, some of your favorite references will look different after you’ve seen them many times. That’s why you always get excited when you see a familiar watch that convinces you that there’s still gold in the mountains. To be honest, I rarely see a Rolex watch, but when it is, there is a good reason why.
This example of Ref. 1675 was owned and worn by the 51st President of Mexico, Jose Guillermo Abel López Portillo. Although this could not be confirmed, Mr. Portillo’s family claimed it was a gift from Fidel Castro to the politician. Castro is another fan of Rolex replica watches, especially the GMT-Masters. Given their close relationship, this is not impossible, but also, there is no concrete evidence. As well as being beautiful and well preserved, the case back is engraved with Portillo’s name and comes with a set of accessories related to the President of Mexico.
The watch comes directly from the President’s family, and its origins have been well documented by the mass media, including a series of clearly visible photographs. This brings us to the point I want to make about this article. Some of the voices on the scene questioned the originality of the radial dial in this example, citing a photograph provided by one of them as evidence that the other dial had been installed. While I applaud and encourage some healthy skepticism, this is another level of boasting. If you claim to be able to tell a change in the face of a fake Rolex watch from a low-resolution black-and-white film photograph, I’d really like to buy your glasses. The dial is correct for the serial range, and reputable dealers will not offer hard evidence for the watches they want to sell. Don’t let one person scare you away from a great historical significance.