Rolex GMT-Master 6542

 17.200

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Description

This 6542 dates back to 1959, the last year of production for these “no-crown guard” GMT’s. It features a beautiful service dial with tritium and matching tritium handsset. Because it would reflect less (to avoid pilots being blinded) Rolex chose to use Bakelite as the material for their bezel inlays. Unfortunately the numbers tend to flake of in warmer environments and the bezel cracks easily, making it very rare to still have the original bezel. This is also a replacement bezel, hence the lower price. (loose original bezels fetch €15 to €20k easily). A great chance to grab yourself a historic and early GMT!

Rolex GMT-Master

Fasten your seatbelts for the story of the Rolex GMT-Master. Aviation company Pan-Am requested Rolex to create a wristwatch that would display multiple time-zones simultaneously, as their flights got longer; crossing multiple time-zones. Rolex came up with the GMT-Master (‘GMT’ stands for ‘Greenwich Mean Time’) in 1954. The watch features a date-function and an extra hour hand (with triangle) that points out the second time zone on the bi-directional turning, 24hour bezel.

Still linked to aviation and although meant for professional use, it enjoys a much wider fan base ever since it first saw light. Over the years it underwent some changes and there are so many wonderful variations of this all-time Rolex classic. Some GMT’s are great as a single purchase, others are a wonderful addition to any collection and some of them can be considered as the crowning glory.

REF. 6542

The very first GMT ref. is the 6542, available in either steel or 18k yellow gold and has no crown guards.  Nicknamed the ‘Pussy Galore’ as she wore it in James Bond Goldfinger. It was only produced for five years and replaced by the 1675 in 1959.

Specifications

Movement

Automatic

Case Material

Steel

Bracelet

Steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet, stamped 1965

Glass

Plexiglass

Caliber

Cal. 1066

Model

GMT-Master

Clasp

Steel foldover clasp, original Rolex

Index

Tritium index

Inlay

Aluminium red/blue aka 'Pepsi' inlay

Bezel Material

Aluminium

Case Dimensions

40mm

Dial

Tritium 'OCC' service dial

Other

Tritium hands set

Year

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