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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1958
    Reference No: 6542
    Movement No: DN903507
    Case No: 461'495
    Model Name: GMT-Master
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 1066, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 180 mm. maximum length, end link stamped 65
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Big Logo folding deployant clasp stamped 2.59
    Dimensions: 38 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, case back stamped 11.59
    Literature: For another example of 6542 with bakelite bezel see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, page 192.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This present watch is in extraordinary original condition, still fitted with its bakelite bezel and black lacquer dial with gilt printing. The original Big Logo Oyster bracelet is also stamped 2.59 and confirming production in 1959.

    The case, is in exceptional condition with very sharp beveled edges, with extremely crisp numbers between the lugs. The movement is extremely clean and in very good condition. Furthermore, the dial with gilt printing has enormous character and completes this perfect example of a original bakelite GMT from the late 50s.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 6542
An exceptional, fine and very rare stainless steel dual time wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, bakelite bezel, black gloss dial and big logo bracelet

38 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed, case back stamped 11.59

HK$450,000 - 650,000 

Sold for HK$525,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am