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Rolex
REF 6542 GMT-MASTER A YELLOW GOLD AUTOMATIC CENTER SECONDS DUAL TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET CIRCA 1958
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 56,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT
173
Rolex
REF 6542 GMT-MASTER A YELLOW GOLD AUTOMATIC CENTER SECONDS DUAL TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET CIRCA 1958
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 56,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Rolex
REF 6542 GMT-MASTER A YELLOW GOLD AUTOMATIC CENTER SECONDS DUAL TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET CIRCA 1958
Dial: cognac
Caliber: cal. 1066 automatic movement, 25 jewels
Case: 18k yellow gold, monogrammed screw down case back 
Case number: 424275
Closure: 18k yellow gold Rolex bracelet with folding clasp
Size: diameter 38.5 mm, bracelet circumference approximately 190 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Rolex factory service box, polishing cloth and service pamphlet
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Catalogue Note

By 1953, the commercial trans-Atlantic airline industry was at a point where planes were able to take off on one side of the ocean and land on the other in a matter of mere hours.

Partly as a result of this, Pan American airlines approached Rolex, and the two companies began working on a watch that could easily tell the hour in two different time zones.

When reference 6542 was released in 1954 it became the official timepiece of Pan-Am Airline - and became Rolex's first GMT-Master ever produced. 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. In addition, the simple ability to know what time it was 'back home' was very easy to see with the watch's Bakelite plastic bezel. 

The present example has been well preserved and is exceedingly rare to see in yellow gold - a treat for collectors of precious metal tool watches.

Important Watches

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