1959 Rolex GMT-Master Reference 6542

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Reference 6542 of the Rolex GMT-Master from 1959 is an especially collectible variant of the line. Yes, it’s the jetsetter’s timepiece, born from the crown’s partnership with Pan American Airways, and will always be the watch of the golden age of travel—especially since the look hasn’t changed even decades later. Still, the James Bond connection puts its importance over the edge. Nicknamed “Pussy Galore,” Honor Blackman wore a 6542 in Goldfinger.

And beyond the historical and cultural significance, the beautifully tropical dial still lets you peek into its original color, with clouds of brown and black among the gold. Since the once-radium-coated bakelite bezel was recalled, you also get some infamy and a lot of rarity with this gem. That’s all the boxes checked.

Price: $89,000

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