Rolex GMT-Master, ref. 6542 with Original Box, Manuals and Papers

Year of issue: 1958
Reference number: 6542
Condition: hardly worn
Status: sold
Dealer country: United States
Price in US $ n/a


This stunning Rolex GMT-Master, Ref. 6542 is in incredible original condition and comes complete with some fantastic original paperwork.  The reference 6542 was the first GMT-Master and nicknamed "Pussy Galore" after the character from the James Bond film Goldfinger. The watch features a bakelite bezel, no-crown guard case and beautiful gilt dial.  This particular example comes with the original guarantee from 1958, original hang tag with serial number, two manuals and Time magazine "Watch of the Year" promotional magazine. This watch also comes with documentation noting the watch has been tested by Rolex and does not "contain any substance in violation of the Atomic Energy Commission regulations." This GMT-Master, ref. 6542 also comes with it's original box.  This watch has a 39X,XXX serial number.    Brand: Rolex Model: GMT-Master II Reference: 6542 Gender: Gents Year: 1959 Material: Steel Dial Color: Original Black Gilt Dial Dimensions: 38mm Watch Movement: Self-Winding Bracelet/Strap: Stainless Steel Rivet Bracelet Box/Paper: Box, Manual, Original Invoice and Certificate Condition: Thick Case with Signs of Original Finish SKU: 149658


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.