2263
2263
Rolex
VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE STAINLESS STEEL DUAL TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, ORIGINAL MATTE DIAL, BAKELITE BEZEL AND BRACELET REF 6542 CASE 112843 'PINK' GMT-MASTER CIRCA 1956
Estimate
1,200,0003,000,000
LOT SOLD. 1,500,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
2263
Rolex
VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE STAINLESS STEEL DUAL TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, ORIGINAL MATTE DIAL, BAKELITE BEZEL AND BRACELET REF 6542 CASE 112843 'PINK' GMT-MASTER CIRCA 1956
Estimate
1,200,0003,000,000
LOT SOLD. 1,500,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Rolex
VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE STAINLESS STEEL DUAL TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, ORIGINAL MATTE DIAL, BAKELITE BEZEL AND BRACELET REF 6542 CASE 112843 'PINK' GMT-MASTER CIRCA 1956
Movement: cal. 1035 automatic winding, 25 jewels
Case:
stainless steel, bakelite bezel, screw-down case back
Bracelet/Clasp/Buckle: stainless steel Rolex bracelet and folding clasp
Size:
38 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximatively 190 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories:
Rolex Guarantee and presentation box
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Catalogue Note

In the world of vintage Rolex, collectors are inspired when they find something unusual. There are many highly interesting attributes of this bakelite GMT that makes this watch a very important discovery. Firstly, the dial intrigues with the red signature of GMT Master. Secondly, is the longer Mercedes hour hand known as the ‘swan neck’. Thirdly, the finish of the dial and finally, the overall condition of the case, dial and bezel and the accompanying original Guarantee and unusual presentation box, retaining the outer cardboard box.

The dial would appear to have a matte finish with is impossible for a Swiss dial from the mid 1950s. Examining the dial in greater detail, it originally had a black glossy finish but appears softer and more matte, perhaps a result of the radiation burn from the luminous indexes and bezel. The bakelite insert itself is in incredible condition with only some very minor cracks between 8 and 10 o’clock and another one between 12 and 14. The aging of the calibrated bezel is very consistent with the aging of the lumes and hands, which have turned into golden brown and still reacting with UV and Geiger machine. The case is very crisp with very strong bevels to the edges and the case back is stamped for the 4th quarter of 1956.

 There is an almost identical watch illustrated in 100 Superlative Rolex Watches mobile app by John Goldberger. We must conclude only a handful of examples have survived of what appears to be some sort of prototype GMT with bakelite bezel from 1955 to 1956. The watch is in incredible condition and is amazing to have survived with its original accessories.

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