Rolex GMT ref 6542 Bakelite Bezel circa 1959


A pleasing appearance no crown guard Rolex GMT ref 6542 circa 1959 with refinished gloss black dial and great looking aftermarket bezel and bakelite insert. This watch is so striking and original looking, it could easily pass for the real thing, currently bringing 6 figure prices when they look like this one.

Ref 6542 case serial # 199,xxx with III/59 case back date code, correctly signed on dial “Officially Certified Chronometer” and with 24 hour mini hand. Powered by Rolex caliber 1030 movement with sweep seconds and black alternating date wheel.

NOTE: These early 6542 GMT models are renown for damaging, or entirely losing their original bakelite bezels, as is the case with this example. The replacement bezel, and particularly the  bakelite insert is quite magnificent in its appearance, with a very deep vintage red and blue coloration, and cream color numbers. Easily the best looking replacement insert we have ever seen. The dial is the original Rolex dial that we have refinished to mimic a vintage gilt gloss dial with rich patina’d lume. It is not an aftermarket dial or hands.

This watch has been fully serviced by one of our veteran watchmakers, the case left unpolished as acquired. Offered with our usual 1 year warrantee of accurate time keeping and operation. A great looking piece without the $50,000 price tag!

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