Offered here is a very rare and beautiful Rolex GMT-Master, circa 1962 (86xxxx serial). This early GMT-Master is fitted with a rare gilt “underline” dial, as seen underneath the text “Officially Certified”. Further, the dial was fitted in what is known as a “pointed crown guards” case, used sporadically in early Rolex sports models. The cases can be identified by their short, pointed and thin crown guards, later rounded out and made thicker by Rolex. This watch comes to us straight from the nephew of the original owner, who purchased it after serving in the military upon his return to the United States.
This early GMT-Master is in great vintage condition. The case has thick and even lugs, likely lightly polished in the past, but retaining beautifully beveled lugs. The dial is still glossy and very attractive, with some crazing to the lacquer, most noticeably on the top portion of the dial. The original tritium lume is present on the dial and hands, in perfect shape, and aged to a golden yellow. The original “fat font” bezel is in beautiful condition, aged with a nice fade to the colors.
The watch comes fitted on an Rolex Swiss Jubilee 6251H bracelet with 55 endlinks, dated to 1964, and has light stretch, overall very well preserved for a jubilee band of this era.