“No Guard” Gilt Dial Rolex GMT ref. 6542 with Roulette Date

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Model: , ,

Year of issue: 1958

Reference number: 6542

Serial number: 427xxx

Condition: hardly worn

Status: available

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: On request

Watch details

Gilt dial Rolex sport models have such a special and unique look. Beyond its original glossy track ring dial, this early “no crown guard” example is noted for its original mini 24-hour hand, mint overall condition and roulette date wheel. What fun! The insert and Jubilee bracelet (#62510) are later. 40mm We are not selling this watch as unpolished and it is not accompanied by any accessories. Stock 44469


Joshua Bonifas


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.