Rolex GMT-Master 6542 with Bakelite Bezel
Here we have the watch that gave rise to an icon. The GMT Master 6542 with its original Bakelite bezel is the end product of one of the most famous corporate collaborations, the Pan Am and Rolex project. This venture sought to create a reliable watch for airline pilots embarking on their first transcontinental flights. The first iteration of the model was the Bakelite GMT, which for a while proved fruitful but the bezel kept cracking due to its fragile composite. Eventually Rolex rolled out its finest creation, the 1675.