GMT Master 6542 Bakelite gilt glossy chapter ring swiss dial

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Model: ,

Year of issue: 1958

Reference number: 6542

Serial number: 381xxx

Condition: mint

Status: available

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Price in EUR €: 75.000

Watch details

Full steel, no crown guards, black dial "gilt", "glossy", "chapter ring", "swiss", bakelite pepsi bezel, patinated indexes and hands, elastic oyster riveted bracelet, date, screw-in crown, plexi glass, automatic movement mint condition


Antoine Rauis


The GMT-Master was developed to meet the specific needs of airline pilots. It became the official watch of several airlines, among them the famous Pan American World Airways, better known as Pan Am. Its most distinguishing visual feature was the two-tone bezel which marked daytime from nighttime hours.


As intercontinental travel developed in the 1950s, airliners began to fly swiftly across several successive time zones. For the first time it became important to know the time in various places in the world, simultaneously. It was the dawn of the jet age, and Rolex responded with a watch to match the spirit of the times.