ROLEX – GMT in GOLD – Ref. 6542 – 1959

Model: ,
Year of issue: 1959
Reference number: 6542
Condition: worn
Status: available
Dealer country: Germany
Price in EUR € On request


ROLEX - GMT - Ref. 6542 - 1959 WOT ID: 29673

  • rare in gold with bakelite bezel !
  • Case screwed case, 18ct. yellow-gold, acrylic glass, rotating bezel, screw-down crown, 18ct.,very rare original bakelite bezel, radium numerals, no crown guards (introduced with Ref. 1675)
  • Diameter 38 mm
  • Movement Rolex cal. 1066, butterfly rotor, silver date wheel with open 6 and 9, automatic, chronometer, 24-hour-indicator, date, second time zone
  • Dial original dial and hands, Marrone, "Alpha" hands and small 24 hour hand
  • Bracelet leather strap, buckle, Rolex clasp
  • rare and nice collector's item, The Ref.6542 was the first Rolex gold sports model besides some Pre-Daytona chronographs
  • Condition very nice original condition
  • year 1959
  • 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.