6542 aka Pussy Galore
Model Name: Rolex GMT Master
Caliber: 1036 (1954-1959), 1065
(1957-1959), 1066 (1957-1959)
Pressure proof to 50m/165ft
This was the first GMT Master.
It was launched 1954. It was developed on
the basis of a regular Turn-O-Graph (Ref.
6202). The modifications were a different
bezel and a modified movement.
The first version of the Ref. 6542 had a
bakelite bezel insert. As this bezel was
likely to crack, it got replaced by a metal
bezel in 1956.
The bakelite bezel was luminous.
The name Pussy
Galore originates from a character in
a James Bond movie, wearing this watch.
Honor Blackman (Pussy Galore) wearing a Ref.
6542 in a James Bond movie (Goldfinger,