Found: A Strange Rolex Document About The Famous GMT-Master Radioactivity Recall

Found: A Strange Rolex Document About The Famous GMT-Master Radioactivity Recall

When it comes to vintage fake watch prices gathering, the expression “grant” is one that regularly comes with provisos. Of course, there are a few things we know 100% without a doubt, and current brands giving document concentrates can go far toward demonstrating or negating the presence of a specific fake watch prices yet there are additionally a ton of things that we just “know.” Whether it’s chronic number reaches for Rolex models of specific years or the idiosyncrasies of different creation measures, there are a considerable amount of significant subtleties that authorities  have to kind of sort out for themselves, showing up as a developing agreement with the best data accessible. Hence, it’s a quite serious deal when any of the hazy situations becomes somewhat more highly contrasting –  hence the report we have for you here today.

A ref. 6542 GMT-Master with its unique Bakelite bezel intact.

The report you see underneath is odd, no doubt. It came to me through Eric Wind (previous HODINKEE patron and owner of Wind Vintage ), who himself saw it posted in the Vintage Rolex Forum Facebook gathering (however a bit of uncovering shows that this flew on PuristsPro back in 2013 and Rolex Forums in 2006 as well). It’s an assertion gave by Rolex in 1959, through their approved vendors in the United States, to address fears that came about because of the review of the first ref. 6542 GMT-Master. In the event that you don’t have the foggiest idea, the GMT’s Bakelite bezel was radioactive (there’s some discussion as to precisely what in the bezel was the greatest guilty party here) and Rolex reviewed the fake watch prices offering to retrofit them with aluminum bezels. This is one motivation behind why unique Bakelite GMTs are generally uncommon today. Incidentally, another explanation is that they were imported and sold in little amounts as well –  this archive attests that lone 605 complete Bakelite GMTs were imported to the United States, including both the hardened steel and strong 18k gold models. Check it out:

There are some genuine pearls in here, in the event that you read intently. Past such a clever, mid-century tone of the whole assertion, we get affirmed prices for the two fake watch prices (which would be comparable $2,256 for steel and $5,640 for gold today, representing swelling), some knowledge into the Atomic Energy Commission’s review, and, all significantly, the absolute number of GMT-Masters that advanced toward the United States with Bakelite bezels. Rolex never affirms creation numbers or verifiable subtleties like this openly, so to discover a period report like this that can give us solid data is really unique indeed.

A strong gold ref. 6542 GMT-Master that sold at Sotheby’s.

Now, if no one but we could get familiar with somewhat more about those “first, rushed press reports” that caused “awful turmoil” I’d be an extremely glad man indeed.

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