Vintage 18k Gold ROLEX GMT-Master

Inner Box

Outer Box

The price includes the 18k yellow gold watch, 18k yellow gold “Jubilee-style” bracelet, original Rolex leather strap, watch box and outer box as shown on this page. I purchased this incredible watch new from an authorized Rolex dealer in 1973. I have been the sole owner and the only person to ever wear this watch.

When I purchased the watch, I chose the Rolex leather strap because Rolex's Jubilee bracelet was too flimsy to support the weight of this heavy gold watch and there were large spaces between the links. A few months later, I bought an 18k yellow gold “Jubilee-style” bracelet made by a jeweller that was far superior to the Rolex bracelet. Notice the tight spacing of the links.

The original watch had a chocolate brown face and bezel. After about 15 years, the bezel had faded. Because the original chocolate brown face and bezel were no longer available, I had them replaced with the Rolex GMT black face and bezel. This made the watch look brand new and actually much better than before.

The watch is in excellent condition and keeps accurate time. It was last serviced on November 30, 2011.

Model Name
Model Number
Case Dimensions
Dial & Bezel
Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master
Vintage (purchased new in 1973)
18k Yellow Gold water resistant to 100 meters
39.5mm diameter x 13mm thick
Black with “nipple“ style hour markers
Winding crown screws down like a nautical hatch
Automatic Winding Rolex Caliber 1570 with 26 Jewels
Hours (2 time zones), Minutes, Seconds, Date
18k Yellow Gold “Jubilee-style” bracelet plus Rolex leather strap with gold buckle
USD $19,900

History of the ROLEX GMT-Master
Pan American Airways asked Rolex to develop a watch so their pilots could tell the local time at their various destinations. Their request was answered in 1956 with the GMT-Master model 6542 named after Greenwich Mean Time.

The new GMT-Master was a remodelled version of the “Turn-O-Graph” model 6202 with the calibre 1035 movement upgraded by the addition of a supplementary 24-hour driving wheel. This new movement, called the calibre 1065, powered a watch that featured four hands. The new hand was complemented by a rotatable 24-hour bezel. Together they enabled the wearer to read the time in any two time zones. Produced only until 1959, the model 6542 is the rarest of all GMT-Masters.

The model 1675 was introduced in 1959 and discontinued at the end of the 1980s. The new movement was a calibre 1565 based on the 1530 released a year before. The new GMT-Master had a much brighter bezel insert and a protective crown, which made the watch look like a Submariner. In the mid-1960s, it became available in 18k gold and in steel with a gold bezel and crown.

Although NASA astronauts were issued Omega Speedmasters, almost all the astronauts owned their own GMT-Masters, which had become the standard Aviator's timepiece; and they continued to wear them at all times including space flights. It was the GMT-Master on the wrist of Jack Swigert that helped the crew of the Apollo 13 to make it back to Earth safely after their on-board oxygen tank ruptured.

The GMT-Master remains the first choice for all aviators and those whose lifestyles require knowledge of two time zones. Is classic design combined with dependability make this a lasting choice.

See All Items For Sale in the Online Marketplace

If you wish to purchase, make an offer or ask a question, please contact me at:

Copyright © 1997-2012 John Nicholson.   All rights reserved.