• Important Watches Including A  auction at Christies

    Sale 1372

    Important Watches Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION PART II

    10 May 2010, Geneva

  • Lot 31

    Rolex. A very rare and early stainless steel automatic dual time wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, bracelet, bakelite bezel, black lacquer exclamation dial, original guarantee, bulletin de marche, brochure and box

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, GMT-MASTER, REF. 6542, MOVEMENT NO. DN759824, CASE NO. 321'849, MANUFACTURED IN 1952

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    Rolex. A very rare and early stainless steel automatic dual time wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, bracelet, bakelite bezel, black lacquer exclamation dial, original guarantee, bulletin de marche, brochure and box
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, GMT-Master, ref. 6542, movement no. DN759824, case no. 321'849, manufactured in 1952
    Cal. 1036 GMT nickel-finished lever movement, 25 jewels, black lacquer "exclamation" dial, luminous dot and dagger numerals, luminous mercedes hands, central hand for the second time zone, sweep centre seconds, magnified window for date, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, revolving blue and red bakelite bezel calibrated for 24 hours, screw back stamped IV.57, screw down crown, extensible stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with clasp stamped 4.57, case, dial and movement signed
    38 mm. diam.


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    With Rolex Guarantee dated 9 October 1958, stamped Lien Wah Watch Dealer, Singapore, Bureaux Suisse de Contrôle Officiel de la Marche des Montres Watch Rate Certificate no. 657802 dated 26 December 1957, contemporary GMT-Master brochure and contemporary green presentation box.

    The present watch is a charismatic and extremely rare example of the early generation GMT-Master model reference 6542. The most notable feature is its black lacquered so-called "exclamation" dial with gold printing, characterized by an additional luminous dot positioned underneath the 6 o'clock hour marker. These dials were in production for an extremely short period only and in such attractive condition represent a true value for the avid collector.

    The watch is furthermore preserved in overall very good original condition. The case, never exposed to careless polishing, impresses any beholder with its full body and sharp angles to the facets of the lugs. It furthermore retains the original bakelite bezel in very good condition, correct hands and crown, magnified lens for the date and the extensible Oyster bracelet from the same period, the clasp stamped 4.57 for fourth quarter of 1957, corresponding to the indication IV.57 found on the inside of its screw back and matching the date of the Bulletin de Marche, December 1957.

    A must for the aficionado of this iconic model, the watch is furthermore accompanied by the original guarantee, rate certificate, brochure and box, all rarities by themselves.

    Special Notice

    Prospective buyers should be aware that the importation of Rolex watches into the United States is highly restricted. Rolex watches may not be shipped into the USA and can only be imported personally. Generally a buyer may import only one watch into the USA. For further information please contact our specialists in charge of the sale. Please note other countries may have comparable import restrictions for luxury watches.


    Pre-Lot Text

    The GMT-Master - A Rolex red seal chronometer with official timing certificate - Selfwinding, waterproof calendar
    ... for pilots, ships' captains, navigators, travellers and members of the Armed Forces
    (citation from the accompanying Rolex GMT-Master brochure dated 1956)