962
962
Rolex
A STAINLESS STEEL DUAL TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND LATER BEZEL REF 6542 GMT-MASTER CIRCA 1958
Estimate
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962
Rolex
A STAINLESS STEEL DUAL TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND LATER BEZEL REF 6542 GMT-MASTER CIRCA 1958
Estimate
20,00040,000
JUMP TO LOT

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A STAINLESS STEEL DUAL TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND LATER BEZEL REF 6542 GMT-MASTER CIRCA 1958
• cal. 1035 automatic winding movement, 25 jewels, mono metallic balance, butterfly rotor • black 'tropical' dial,  luminescent triangular, baton, and dot indexes, luminescent Mercedes hands, red arrow hand for second time zone, magnified aperture for date at 3, gilt outer minute divisions, gilt coronet and lettering • stainless steel Oyster case, screw down crown and inscribed case back, later blue and red bi directional rotating bezel • case, dial, and movement signed
diameter 38.5 mm, bracelet circumference approximately 178 mm
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Catalogue Note

The present lot features a beautifully aged tropical dial with dark brown hues, vibrant and well preserved golden markers. 

By 1953, The commercial trans-Atlantic airline industry was advanced and booming. Passengers took off on one side of the ocean, and arrived on the other in a matter of hours. During this golden age of commercial flight, Pan American Airlines approached Rolex to begin working on a dual time wristwatch appropriate for trans-Atlantic travel. 

When Ref. 6542, the first GMT-Master, was released in 1954, it became the official timepiece of Pan-Am Airlines. Their pilots found the watch to be a useful tool in the cockpit where many timing calculations were necessary over the duration of the flight. 

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