Rolex GMT Master ref. 6542 in 18k Yellow Gold Top Condition


Model: ,
Year of issue: 1959
Reference number: 6542
Condition: mint
Status: sold
Dealer country: Italy
Dealer name: Elvio Piva
Price in EUR € n/a


Amazing first series 18k Yellow Gold GMT Master ref. 6542 in outstanding condition . Rolex manufactured a very limited number of this reference cased in yellow gold, and fitted with a brown bakelite bezel. Due to the fragility of these watches, it is incredibly rare to find examples fitted with their original bakelite insert. Bakelite bezels and dial tested with Geiger counters . The production of this reference ceased in 1959. This example coming with incredibly crisp case, hallmarks between the lugs and RWC Ltd engraved caseback reporting the serial number.


Elvio Piva


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.