Rolex “Bakalite” GMT-Master Ref. 6542

Year of issue: 1959
Reference number: 6542
Condition: hardly worn
Status: available
Dealer country: United States
Price in US $ 68,000


Brand: Rolex Model: GMT-Master Reference: 6542 Year: 1959 Material: Steel Dial Color: Black, Gilt Dial Dimensions: 38 mm Watch Movement: Self-Winding Bracelet/Strap: Steel Rivet Bracelet with C+I clasp Box/Paper: Handmade Travel Pouch Condition: Excellent Overall Condition, No Notable Signs of Wear SKU: 165054


Justin Gruenberg


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.