Rolex GMT-Master 6542

£61,500
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  • Condition: Excellent
  • Model: 6542
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Strap Length: 200mm
  • Scope: Watch Only
  • Year: c.1956
  • Case Width: 38mm
  • Listing ID: SD019551
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Details

Model
6542
Year
c.1956
Scope Watch Only
Movement Automatic
Case Width 38mm
Strap Length
200mm
Listing ID
SD019551
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First released in 1954, the GMT-Master was a joint effort by the watchmakers at Rolex and pilots at Pan American Airways. This resulted in the ref. 6542, which utilised the base movement and case from the Turn-o-Graph ref. 6202 (which developed into the Submariner) and modified it to include the now-famous 24-hour hand and two-colour bezel. Unlike the later GMT-Master II, the original watch's 24-hour hand cannot be independently set. To set a second timezone, users would need to align the bezel to the timezone they desired.

This example features an outstanding tropical gilt gloss dial and a period-correct bakelite bezel with very small cracks. The radium luminous material still has a significant glow and has consistently aged between the dial and the hands.

The serial number (788XXXX) and the model numbers are still clearly visible on the case between the lugs. '6542 - IV56' is stamped on the inside of the caseback, which lines up with the model and date of production.

The watch is presented on a later vintage riveted bracelet with mild stretch, and has not been polished by us.

The watch's movement also still features the original butterfly rotor, drive wheels, and crown, which would often have been replaced during service.

The watch is running well for day-to-day use. It would benefit from a service within the next couple of years which we would recommend completing directly with Rolex. We don't include our own warranty with this watch but have fully inspected it through our in-house watchmakers and are happy to provide total transparency around the functioning.

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First released in 1954, the GMT-Master was a joint effort by the watchmakers at Rolex and pilots at Pan American Airways. This resulted in the ref. 6542, which utilised the base movement and case from the Turn-o-Graph ref. 6202 (which developed into the Submariner) and modified it to include the now-famous 24-hour hand and two-colour bezel. Unlike the later GMT-Master II, the original watch's 24-hour hand cannot be independently set. To set a second timezone, users would need to align the bezel to the timezone they desired.

This example features an outstanding tropical gilt gloss dial and a period-correct bakelite bezel with very small cracks. The radium luminous material still has a significant glow and has consistently aged between the dial and the hands.

The serial number (788XXXX) and the model numbers are still clearly visible on the case between the lugs. '6542 - IV56' is stamped on the inside of the caseback, which lines up with the model and date of production.

The watch is presented on a later vintage riveted bracelet with mild stretch, and has not been polished by us.

The watch's movement also still features the original butterfly rotor, drive wheels, and crown, which would often have been replaced during service.

The watch is running well for day-to-day use. It would benefit from a service within the next couple of years which we would recommend completing directly with Rolex. We don't include our own warranty with this watch but have fully inspected it through our in-house watchmakers and are happy to provide total transparency around the functioning.

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Unless stated otherwise all watches sold with our 12 month warranty when bought directly from subdial.co

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