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    Important Watches

    10 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 71

    ROLEX. A RARE AND EARLY STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC DUAL TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BAKELITE BEZEL

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, GMT-MASTER, CASE NO. 397690, REF. 6542, CIRCA 1958

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    ROLEX. A RARE AND EARLY STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC DUAL TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BAKELITE BEZEL
    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, GMT-MASTER, CASE NO. 397690, REF. 6542, CIRCA 1958
    Nickel-finished lever movement, black gloss dial, luminescent baton, disc and dagger numerals, apertured for date, luminous mercedes hands, central hand for the second time zone, center seconds, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, rotating blue and red bakelite bezel calibrated for 24 hours, screw back and screw-down crown, case, dial and movement signed, stainless steel Rolex buckle
    38mm diam.


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    The present watch is a nice example of the first GMT-Master model reference 6542. It features the sought after bakelite bezel and black lacquer dial.

    With the beginning of transatlantic jet flights in 1956, travellers appreciated the fact journey times were reduced from 13 hours to 7, however they suffered from new phenomena, jet lag. Early airlines like Pan American worried about the possible effects of jet lag on their pilots and after research, the management advised them to keep on "home" time while overseas. Because crews needed to know the local and their "home"time, Pan Am and Rolex worked together to create a timepiece with an additional hour hand. The model was named GMT-Master after the world's standard time, Greenwich Mean Time.

    The model is described and illustrated in 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, pp. 228 & 229.

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