Rolex “The steel Bakelite GMT ref. 6542”

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Year of issue: 1958

Reference number: 6542

Serial number: 398xxx

Condition: mint

Status: available

Dealer country: Monaco

Price in EUR €: On request

Watch details

Superb example of steel Rolex GMT ref. 6542, manufactured in 1958. The present GMT Bakelite is preserved in wonderful original condition. The amazing black lacquer dial is featuring gilt printing and the lumes have aged in a charming ivory tone.  Definitely an extraordinary and rare watch with a powerful charisma. Launched in 1955, reference 6542 represents the very first GMT-Master: it was featuring no crown guards, a Bakelite bezel insert and a fourth hand, which allowed pilots to calculate a second time-zone. You can read more about the history of this extraordinary reference at “The Onlyvintage Magazine”. Case n.: 398xxx Mov: Automatic, cal. 1066 Diam: 38mm Box & Papers: none Manufactured in: 1958


Corrado Mattarelli


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.