Rolex GMT-Master 6542 Bakelite, 1958
Pre-owned GMT Master 6542
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The Rolex 6542 was the first ever model of a GMT-Master, GMT referring to Greenwich Mean Time.
It was developed after Pan-Am Airlines requested a reliable watch that could simultaneously display two time zones for use on transatlantic flights. Rolex accomplished this by adding a 24 hour hand and "night and day" blue and red rotating bezel.
Production of the 6542 only lasted around six years however it possesses a number of unique characteristics that set it apart from other GMT Master references and help make it one of the most interesting and collectable Rolex watches to own! The most obvious characteristic being that it was heavily based on the reference 6202 Turn-O-Graph, meaning the model lacks crown guards and has a smaller case diameter than other GMT Master references. Originally fitted with glossy black gilt dials and a Bakelite bezel with luminous radium numerals set into it.
Due to the Bakelite being prone to cracking, the bezel insert was soon changed to aluminium, changing the look of the model drastically. This change was probably hastened by the radiation being deemed a health risk, and a well documented product recall to check and remove anything harmful. Due to an incredibly brief production period and the infamous radioactivity and fragile nature, original Bakelite bezel inserts such as this are considered very rare and rightfully highly sought-after.
This Rolex GMT-master is truly iconic with a fantastic history, whose creation helped start an entirely new category of wristwatch, making it the perfect addition to any collection. In addition, the dial on this model has turned a tropical brown, making it even rarer.
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