A personal bond for the GMT Master
I will state this openly.
The GMT Master is my favourite reference, model, line (whatever you want to call it) within the Rolex universe.
Why? Well for a start my 18th birthday present was a Replica Rolex GMT Master Rolex bi-color Gold GMT Master given to me by my mother in 1992. So the GMT Master has a special place for me personally. But I like the GMT Master for two other reasons. The first is color. I love colors and I think vintage watches really is about color. Lets think about it. Collectors often talk about Patina. Or tropical. Or shades of brown. They are always referring to color. There are few watches that have more attractive colors than the GMT Master, especially the first reference the 6542 with its fragile but beautiful bakelite bezel insert. The second appeal the GMT master has in my view more rolex gmt master replica so than other lines is the concept of ‘tool watch‘. In fact collectors often cite the tool watch concept as one main reasons they like vintage Rolex or any Rolex for that matter. Rolex watches not only looked good, they were durable and had a function.
When I think of a tool watch – I think of the GMT master -even before the submariner.
Yes the submariner (introduced by Rolex in 1954) might have come before the Replica Rolex GMT Master (1955) but the story of the creation of the GMT Master is more charming in my view. Created specifically for PANAM pilots in the 1950s, Rolex introduced its first dual time zone watch, the GMT Master 6542 to help pilots better keep track of multiple time zones.
The first GMT Master was the 6542 (main picture above), and this will the focus of our report. In 1959 Rolex replaced the legendary 6542 with the 1675 which would go on to last more than 20 years. While the 1675 is an extremely attractive GMT Master reference and some of the most replica rolex gmt master 6542 beautiful and rare versions exist like the double swiss underline GMT (see post here), the holy grail in GMT Master collecting -remains the 6542 – especially those Replica Rolex With Bakelite Bezels. They are the most beautiful, the most colourful and probably the most rare of all GMT models.
In my opinion also the most beautiful – good enough reason to take a closer look at this icon.