ROLEX GMT first series, Ref. 6542, 1956

Model: ,
Year of issue: 1956
Reference number: 9542
Condition: worn
Status: sold
Dealer country: Germany
Price in EUR € n/a


ROLEX GMT first series, Ref. 6542,  wot ID: 27095

  • CASE screwed case, steel, acrylic glass, rotating bezel, screw-down crown
  • DIAMETER 39,5 mm
  • MOVEMENT Kaliber Rolex 1065, butterfly rotor, automatic, chronometer, 24-hour-indicator, date, second time zone
  • DIAL original dial and hands, brown
  • BRACELET riveted oyster bracelet
  • *collector's item
  • very nice original condition, 1956
  • Price on request


Ralf Meertz


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.