Offered here is a very rare and extraordinarily beautiful Rolex GMT-Master, circa 1963. This early GMT-Master is fitted with a rare gilt dial, with an uncommon closed chapter ring and “underline”, as seen underneath the text “Officially Certified”. Further, the dial was fitted in what is known as a “pointed crown guards” case, used for a short period of time in early Rolex sports models, transitioned from the no crown guards cases of the first GMT-Master Reference 6542.. The cases can be identified by their short, pointed and thin crown guards, later rounded out and made thicker by Rolex. This particular example comes complete with its original Rolex inner and outer boxes, Chronometer Certificate (filled out), and various booklets.
This early GMT-Master is in amazing vintage condition. The case does not show signs of polishing, with thick lugs, and clearly defined bevels, albeit worn from years of use. The dial is incredible – with its factory mirror-like gloss finish, with virtually no wear whatsoever. The original radium lume is present on both the dial and hands, in perfect shape, and aged to a golden yellow. The original “fat font” bezel is in beautiful condition, aged on the blue half to a nice faded light-blue color.
The watch comes fitted on a Rolex stretch-rivet 7206 bracelet, with 80 endlinks, and 11 full links. The clasp dates the bracelet to the fourth quarter of 1961. Further, the bracelet is in perfect condition, with no stretch.