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Stock # SKU18637
Stock # 18637
Model Name GMT Master
Model Ref # 6542
Gender Mens
Movement Automatic
Case Stainless Steel
Case Shape Round
Case Size 39 mm
Band / Strap Bracelet
Dial Black
Caseback Solid
Complications Date
Second Timezone
Additional Information
The Rolex GMT Master is one of the legendary Rolex sport models, having been designed as a tool watch for commercial pilots. Being a Rolex, which is to say accurate and durable, the GMT Master was quickly adopted by military pilots and astronauts alike. The GMT Master allows the wearer to keep track of local time with the regular hour and minutes hands while the red 24 hour hand tracks GMT (now called UTC time) which pilots use as a universal time control. The reference 6542 is the first GMT Master model that Rolex produced and is highly collectable when all parts are original to the watch (as is the case with this watch).

Original stainless steel case measures 38mm diameter by 13mm thick and has no crown guards. The original bezel features the original Bakelite insert, which is extremely rare after 50 years of service. The vast majority of 6542 GMTs has either a replacement bezel, replacement (non-bakelite) insert, or both, by 2010. Not so this watch. Bezel turns freely and with the proper amount of resistance. Crystal is acrylic with Cyclops date magnifier (the Cyclops magnifier was an option on 6542s). Screw down crown operates smoothly. Case is mint, clean and the lugs are fat and even. The original Bakelite bezel is, as you can see, in mint condition.

Serial number 482XXX dates production to 1959. Inside case back is engraved ‘6542’ and III.59 which shows that the watch left the factory in the third quarter of 1959.

Original movement is the automatic winding Rolex Caliber 1030 with 25 jewels and adjusted to five positions and temperature. This movement has the cool butterfly winding rotor. This movement is a C.O.S.C. Certified Chronometer and is very clean and running fine.
Original dial (I’ll say it again, just to make the point that this dial is original and untouched!) is black with gilt print and railtrack. The gilt print and the luminous and hands have all aged together to attain a lustrous and rich patina which is gorgeous. The hands are original and note that the red 24 hour hand has a small arrow tip which is correct for the 6542. Date aperture at 3 o’clock.

Bracelet is a replacement riveted Rolex Oyster from 1971 with 11 links. Bracelet has light stretch and is in mint condition.

This is an important vintage Rolex GMT with the extremely rare original Bakelite bezel insert and beautiful original and untouched gilt railtrack dial.
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