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Rolex GMT-Master 6542 Bakelite, 1958

Pre-owned GMT Master 6542

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Model Code
GMT Master 6542
Display Type
Band Material
Stainless Steel
Movement Type
Strap Colour
Case Shape
Clasp Type
Fold Over Clasp
Case Material
Stainless Steel
Dial Colour
Swiss Made
Screw Crown
Case Width
Case Thickness
Special Features
  • Original expanding rivet bracelet
  • Bracelet clasp dated 4 57
  • Original 65 endlinks
  • Bakelite bezel
  • Unpolished case
  • Tropical gloss gilt Swiss only dial
  • Case serial 356xxx
  • Original 1030 movement
  • Original box
  • Viewing by appointment only


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.

Delivery Information

This item is ready for same day despatch if ordered before 4pm Monday-Friday

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This item is only available to ship within the UK.

Watch Sizing

We offer bracelet adjustments for watches before despatch, saving you time and money.
For us to size your new Pre-owned Rolex watch as accurately as possible, please take a look at our downloadable Watch Sizing Guide.

Included in the guide is a printable measuring tool to wrap around your wrist that will give us an idea of your wrist size and indicate to us how many links need to be removed. Our Youtube video gives a clear and concise visual guide with a step by step wrist measuring process.

Once you’ve measured your wrist, let us know your desired size, taking into account any movement you would like your watch to have. All links and pins removed will be provided with the watch, should you need any further adjustments in the future.

Virtual Viewing from Home

We aim to provide a virtual viewing for the watches that we hold in stock. The service we use for this is the video conferencing app ZOOM which is best used by yourself on a desktop or laptop computer. If you give us an idea of the watches you are interested in, and an appointment is set up with you, we can then discuss and live view our showrooms displays and individual watches.

You can also purchase the watch for delivery in the usual ways, on the website, by phone, paypal request, bank transfer etc.


Arrange an appointment and availability

Email or call 0121 233 1801.

Only available to UK customers.
Viewings from Monday to Thursday 8am to 3pm


Information about the ZOOM app

Please watch these videos below that are provided by ZOOM. It will show you that we supply an invite for a particular agreed time slot. In the invite is also the details about how to install ZOOM to your device. If you don’t want to install ZOOM, you can just follow the URL link that we provide and view things in your normal browser.

Returns Policy

If for any reason you are not happy with your purchase, please return the item within 30 days of delivery for exchange or a full refund.

Items must be in original pristine and unused condition (including its original packaging, tags and documents), along with proof of purchase.

Return the goods by post quoting your order number and reason for return to:

Creative Watch Company Ltd. 106-108 Vyse Street, Hockley, Birmingham, B18 6LP UK.

You are advised to obtain a certificate of posting (available from all Post Offices at no charge), and we suggest you return goods by a similar standard of delivery to what we used (please don’t over-insure or pay for very fast delivery). If you require a refund, we will endeavour to process this within 7 days.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions.

Price Match - Mens GMT Master 6542 Watch

Please feel free to submit a price match request. We are confident that our prices are competitive, but on occasions there may be lower prices on offer. We would be happy to be given the opportunity to price match against other UK authorised retailers. We will consider the request during normal office hours, and if successful, contact you via email or phone to complete the purchase.

Mens GMT Master 6542 Watch

Creative Watch Co Online Price: £85000.00

Terms and Conditions:

We can only consider price matches for identical items from other UK authorised retailers. We make every effort to offer you the best possible price, however, we reserve the right to refuse any price match request for any reason.

Why Buy From Us?

Creative Watch Co has been established since 1978 and trading online Worldwide since the year 2000. Our renowned store houses over 40 different brands of watches and we are proud to be one of the largest in the UK.

  • Creative Watch Co are authorised stockists of all the watches we house.
  • All watches come with a minimum of a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty and an unrivalled aftercare service.
  • If your watch battery drains within 12 months of purchase we will replace it free of charge (Return to Base and valid for UK customers only).
  • There is the option to have your watch sized to your wrist measurement prior to dispatch, ensuring it’s ready to wear upon receipt.
  • We offer FREE delivery on all UK purchases, or £7.50 for Worldwide Delivery.
  • Watches “in stock” are available for same day despatch.
  • We do our utmost to price match other legitimate authorised UK stockists that have stock.
  • We can replace batteries, straps and bracelets for most known watch brands and we get to the bottom of faults that might perplex less specialist watch repair operations.
  • We offer a full hassle free 30 day refund policy on watches, providing it’s still as new, and returned complete with box & guarantee. (Read our returns policy)
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