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Rolex. A very rare and attractive 18K gold automatic dual time wristwatch with champagne dial, sweep centre seconds, date, bakelite bezel and bracelet
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Rolex. A very rare and attractive 18K gold automatic dual time wristwatch with champagne dial, sweep centre seconds, date, bakelite bezel and bracelet

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER-PERPETUAL, GMT-MASTER, REF. 6542, CASE NO. 486'446, MANUFACTURED IN 1959

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Rolex. A very rare and attractive 18K gold automatic dual time wristwatch with champagne dial, sweep centre seconds, date, bakelite bezel and bracelet
Signed Rolex, Oyster-Perpetual, GMT-Master, ref. 6542, case no. 486'446, manufactured in 1959
Cal. 1066 mechanical movement, 25 jewels, champagne dial, luminous dot, baton and dagger numerals, luminous hands, central hand for the second time zone, sweep centre seconds, magnified window for date, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, revolving burgundy-brown bakelite bezel calibrated for 24 hours, screw back, screw down crown, 18K gold expandable Rolex Oyster bracelet with clasp stamped 4.59, case, dial and movement signed
38 mm. diam.
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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.

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With unsigned Rolex Guarantee and unsigned Chronometer Certificate and period GMT-Master instructions leaflet. Furthermore delivered with Rolex original fitted green presentation box with gilt printed GMT-Master inscription on white cloth lining and outer packaging.

The present reference 6542 is unquestionably amongst the best examples of this celebrated model in gold to appear in public in recent years, distinguished by the overall excellent condition.

The most striking feature is its unrestored champagne-coloured dial, distinguished by the gold printed "ghost" signatures and scales, so subtle that only visible when holding the watch in a certain angle or looking at it closely.

The case, never exposed to careless polishing, impresses any beholder with its full body, sharp angles to the facets of the lugs and the crisp gold mark. It furthermore retains the original bakelite bezel in very good condition, correct hands and crown, magnified lens for the date and the gold Rolex Oyster bracelet from the same period.

The beautiful colour contrast combined with the sporty yet stylish proportions render the present GMT Master one of the most appealing wristwatches of post war production.

GMT Master
Due to the extraordinary success of the Rolex Sports models in the 1950s, it came as no surprise when the world's largest airline Pan Am commissioned a specially designed watch allowing their pilots to keep track of time in two locations.

With the beginning of transatlantic flights with jet aircrafts in 1956, travellers appreciated the fact that the journey times were reduced from 13 hours to 7 but suffered from new phenomena, jet lag. Worried about the possible effects on their pilots, and after research, Pan Am management advised them to keep on "home" time while away from base. As at the same time they needed to know the local time, a joint Pan Am and Rolex task force was assigned. The team devised a watch with an additional hour hand, which revolved once every 24 hours, and a rotating bezel marked with those same 24 hours. The model was named "G.M.T.-Master" after the world's standard time, the Greenwich Mean Time.

The first GMT model, reference 6542, was launched in 1954 and was immediately recognizable by the bright acrylic or bakelite bezel insert with the twenty-four hour markings printed on its underside. This material was chosen to reduce reflection which would disturb the pilots. The bezel ring was also made of acrylic and coated in an alloy to resemble metal. It then turned out that the flexibility of this material could cause the bezel insert to break and that in very warm environments the printing would often flake off. Consequently, Rolex decided to replace the acrylic insert against a more resistant metal version.

Mainly cased in stainless steel, the few examples of the early GMT Master series in gold and with the original bakelite bezel, such as the present watch, are highly coveted trophies for the avid collector.

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