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Rolex GMT ref 6542 Original Bakelite Bezel circa 1959


Very popular and elusive Rolex GMT ref 6542 no crown guards model with magnificent unpolished case, original bakelite bezel, original gilt minute track dial, circa 1959. An exceptional condition example vintage no crown guard GMT commonly found with missing or badly damaged or replacement aluminum pepsi bezel or aftermarket bezel and insert.

NOTE: We are revising our detailed description below based on additional information we have learned. The glossy black minute track dial is original, but has been expertly relumed with beautifully toned puffy luminous plots. The plots give off only a very low radioactive reading, so we know they are not radium as they would have been originally. Additionally, the bakelite bezel, while original, also produces a very low geiger counter radioactivity reading. The bezel is original and not aftermarket, but lacks it’s original radium from the underside of the bezel.

The current example bears an excellent condition tomato red and dark blue coloration free of breaks, cracks, or repairs.  With original glossy black gilt dial correctly marked “Officially Certified Chronometer” (no Superlative) and signed SWISS. With 24 hour “mini” hand, caliber 1066 self winding movement with alternating red and black roulette calendar wheel.

The dial sports its original glossy surface and puffy lume plots, minute track dial and has a great vintage appearance. Once again, the case condition is beyond remarkable, unpolished and with original soft mirror factory finish on the sides of the case. The caseback bears the date code for 1959 and the serial # and ref # are clear, uncorroded, and original.

Just back from service and offered with our 1 year warranty of accurate time keeping and operation.Offered on your choice of distressed leather strap. Your purchase includes our signature fine Italian leather pouch, ideal for travel and storage.

A similar condition example, if the radium lume to the dial and bezel were original, would command upward of $150,000 and higher! The offered watch is absolutely stunning, and we think represents great value.


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