Stainless Steel Rolex 6542 Tropical GMT-Master Bakelite Bezel

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Model: , , ,

Year of issue: 1958

Reference number: 6542

Serial number: 397 XXX

Condition: mint

Status: available

Dealer country: Switzerland

Price in EUR €: On request

Watch details

Stainless Steel Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 6542 with gilt tropical dial, bachelite Bezel, screw back and crown, elastic bracelet, mechanical movement with automatic winding. Box, Papers, bulletin and original purchase receipt. 1958.


Davide Parmegiani


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.