Offered here is a very rare and beautiful Rolex GMT-Master, circa 1960. This early GMT-Master is fitted with a rare gilt dial, with an uncommon and early closed chapter ring. 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. Interestingly, this watch also shows a Portugese import hallmark on the top, left lug, very rarely seen (most of them have been polished or worn off over the years).
This early GMT-Master is in great vintage condition. The case was likely lightly polished in the past, with thick lugs, and clearly defined bevels. The dial is gorgeous, still glossy, with no damage, and only light aging setting in under a loupe to the surface of the dial. The original radium lume is present on both the dial and hands, in perfect shape, and aged to a pale yellow. The original “fat font” bezel is very attractive, with a beautiful color-change to an orange hue.
The watch comes fitted on a Rolex Swiss-Rivet 7206 bracelet, with 58 endlinks, and 11 full link, and dates to 1968. Further, the bracelet is in very good condition, with very light stretch.