Stock No.

Exhibit No. 22

Collection No.116

Brand

Rolex

Year

The serial number dates the watch to 1958

Movement

Calibre 1065 (based on calibre 1030), automatic (self-winding) movement, 17 jewels, 19800 VpH, with hour, minute, 24-hour indication and date function

Case Material

Stainless steel Oyster, inscribed 6542 and serial number, Rolex Twinlock crown, caseback stamped inside MONTRES ROLEX SA, 6542 and II, 1958

Dial

Gloss, black lacquer with gilt lettering and closed minute track, signed ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL above GMT-MASTER, OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED, CHRONOMETER below, with radium luminescent hour markers, further signed SWISS with black on white date subsidiary

Condition

Presented in very honest original condition. The gloss black dial with gilt lettering is original with a lovely patina, the radium indices have taken on a warm pumpkin colour, and the original Mercedes-style handset have pleasing, age-consistent, discolouration. The case has had some polishing in the past, but retains strength and the bevelled edges are intact. The cyclops acrylic crystal is certainly old but may be a service replacement. Importantly, the extremely rare and gorgeous Bakelite bezel insert remains intact, showing consistent and comforting, age-related discolouring and mild distortion. Made in the year that Pan-Am introduced their first transatlantic service, from New York to Paris in 1958, this highly-desirable GMT-Master perfectly captures the aura of the early commercial jet-age. Sometimes, pictures aren’t enough, and this is one of those instances where we can say, without hesitation: ‘this watch is even better in-the-flesh’.

Dimensions

38mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 180mm

Bracelet

Stainless steel ref. 6635 with 57 endlinks, dated 3.69 stamped PATENTED & REGISTERED SWISS MADE, ROLEX, STEELINOX

Handset

Steel Mercedes-style luminous hands, steel centre-seconds counter-balanced with luminous dot, red central 24-hour hand with luminous steel arrow

Accessories

Supplied with green Rolex ‘coffin’-style box with slash card, and also a new Bond-style NATO strap

Signed

Case, crown, dial and movement

Bezel

Red and blue (Pepsi) Bakelite and radium bezel insert