These early pieces had 'cornino' styled cases as the crown guards can be seen on either front or back side, which is extremely sought-after by collectors. The dial of this watch gathers some of the most attractive particulars. Foremost, it is a gilt glossy dial, referring to the gilt lettering that was used during the first eight years of production. Secondly, it has the small GMT hand which is another feature of the early GMT production.
Furthermore, it features a 'Swiss' dial as per the signature at 6 o'clock, which indicates that the dial uses radium as luminescent material as opposed to the tritium used from 1963 onwards by Rolex. The gilt glossy Swiss dial has a small luminescent dot below the 6 o’clock index. These so-called exclamation point dials were produced during a short period between 1960 and 1963, making them highly desirable among aficionados. It is usually believed that it was used to indicate the lower radioactivity of the luminescent material.
Finally, the condition of the case is exceptional with beautifully beveled edges. All of these factors make this gilt GMT a true collectors watch in amazing condition.
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