Exclusive Timepieces 23 –⁠ 24 April 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide and extremely attractive selection of collectible timepieces from leading collectors, such as Goldberger with the third part of the famous “Rolex Connoisseur Collection”. Also offered: an assortment of the most sought-after contemporary watches such as the platinum Patek Philippe Nautilus, some very rare examples of the Royal Oak, a single owner’s collection of extraordinary Stella dials Rolex DayDates.

Session I
Saturday 23 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 1 to 103
Session II
Sunday 24 April at 10:30 a.m. – lots 104 to 181
Session III
Sunday 24 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 182 to 273

93 Rolex Highly Attractive and in Exceptional Conditions GMT Master Automatic Wristwatch in Steel, Reference 6542, With “tropical” Dial, Box, Tag, Warranty and Bulletin De Marche

Estimate: € 100,000 –⁠ 200,000

Sold € 136,500

Lot Description

Model: GMT-Master
Reference: 6542
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel
Year: 1957
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 1033
Case N°: 263050
Dimensions: 38 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case
Accessories: Box, Tag, Warranty and Bulletin de Marche

It is said that “necessity is the mother of inventions”. That’s why, with the increasing numbers of intercontinental planes travels, at the beginning of the ’50s the Airline company Pan Am directly went to Rolex asking for an efficient instrument which could allow the pilots to keep track of time in two locations. Already universally known for the efficiency of its tool watches, Rolex did not miss the opportunity to rewrite its name in the history of horology and in 1954 presented to the whole world its inimitable GMT Master, reference 6542. In the following years, many different evolution of this model was released but in the world of collecting that first model is the holy grail to be possessed with its iconic red and blue Bakelite bezel. Equipped initially with the caliber 1036 and later the 1065 and 1066, the display of the second time zone is possible thanks to the additional hand which completes a full revolution in 24h, indicating the time on the specific graduated bezel from 0 to 24. Its style was immediately a landmark of watchmaking design, so much that it soon became one of the most globally recognized and appreciated timepieces by any brands. The reference 6542 here offered is absolutely remarkable for the well-preserved stainless steel case which retains strong proportions and clear crisp lug bevels and for the cool, never restored Bakelite bezel with vivid colors. The original black lacquer dial with gilt lettering still offers the original luminescent dagger, baton and plots in extremely attractive conditions but has turned to a very gorgeous tropical light-brown color, extremely appreciated nowadays by collectors. At the time of its creation, this watch was intended for a very small circle of people, nowadays the situation has not changed: in 1954 for the Pan Am pilots, in 2019 for a few true connoisseurs but the lot here offered has even smaller circle of collectors considering its nice provenance and the rare accessories composed of original box, tag, warranty and bulletin de marche.