Currently viewing sold watch archive. Click on a category or brand name to see sold watches of that type. Click here to view current Vintage Rolex watch inventory.


Sold Watch Archive
Stock # SKU20214
Stock # 20214
Model Name GMT Master
Brand Rolex
Model Ref # 6542
Condition Mint+
Gender Mens
Movement Automatic
Case 18K Yellow Gold
Case Shape Round
Case Size 39mm
Crystal Plastic
Band / Strap Bracelet
Dial Brown
Caseback Solid
Complications Date
Additional Information Rare Rolex 6542 with burnt sienna nipple dial with matching Bakelite bezel. On 18k Oyster bracelet.
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 reference time. The reference 6542 is the first GMT Master model that Rolex produced and is highly collectable.

The watch you are looking at is solid 18k gold, and while the GMT Master was designed to be a tool watch, this rare version in solid gold was obviously envisioned as a luxurious tool watch! While the steel version had a bakelite bezel insert in blue/red and a utilitarian black dial with luminous, this watch has a brown bakelite bezel insert and brown dial with gold hour markers. The color of both the original untouched dial and the original untouched insert has mellowed to burnt sienna. This truly is a gorgeous timepiece and extremely rare.

Original solid 18k gold case measures 38mm diameter by 13mm thick and has no crown guards. The original 18k bezel features the original Bakelite insert, which is extremely rare after 50+ years of service. Crystal is plastic with Cyclops date magnifier (the Cyclops magnifier was an option on 6542s). Original screw down crown operates smoothly. Case is in mint+ condition and the lugs are fat and even with discernible bevels. Serial number 424XXX dates production to 1958.

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 clean and running.

Dial is original untouched brown with chapter ring, applied golden hour markers and original golden hands with small arrow 24 hour hand. Dial and hands are in mint+ condition. Date aperture at 3 o’clock.

Rolex riveted 18k Oyster bracelet which is as clean as the watch.

This is an important vintage Rolex which, if this opportunity is missed, may take years to repeat.
Compare product with: