Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel automatic calendar wristwatch with second time-zone indication  and rare bakelite bezel GMT-Master, Ref:6542, Serial No.212***, Made in 1956
Lot 162
Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel automatic calendar wristwatch with second time-zone indication and rare bakelite bezel
GMT-Master, Ref:6542, Serial No.212***, Made in 1956
Sold for £20,000 (US$ 31,296) inc. premium

Lot Details
Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel automatic calendar wristwatch with second time-zone indication and rare bakelite bezel
GMT-Master, Ref:6542, Serial No.212***, Made in 1956
25-jewel Cal.1030 automatic movement with butterfly rotor and adjusted to temperature and 5 positions, matt black dial with luminous dot hour makers and outer gilt five minute divisions, Mercedes hands with luminous inserts, red-arrow tipped 24-hour hand, sweep centre seconds, magnified date aperture at 3, brushed and polished case with screw down back numbered IV 56 and Oyster crown, fixed blue and red bakelite bezel for 24-hour indication, fitted associated strap, case, dial and movement signed
38mm.

Footnotes

  • The GMT-master was designed in conjunction with Pan-American airlines for the first intercontinental airline pilots as it incorporated a second time-zone indication. Originally, the 'pepsi' bezel on the GMT was made from Bakelite, which was easily to mold, but also very brittle and degraded quickly. Consequently very few original Bakelite bezels still exist.
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