Stainless steel Rolex 6542 GMT-Master

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Model: ,

Year of issue: 1950s

Reference number: 6542

Serial number: 398XXX

Condition: mint

Status: sold

Dealer country: Switzerland

Price in EUR €: n/a

Watch details

Stainless steel GMT-Master Ref. 6542 bachelite bezel. Mechanical automatic movement. 1950s

Dealer

Davide Parmegiani

THE GMT-MASTER 1955

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.

THE FIRST TRANSCONTINENTAL FLIGHTS

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.