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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 414

    Rolex. A fine and rare 18K gold self-winding water-resistant wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, black dial and bracelet

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, DATEJUST MODEL, REF. 6105, CASE NO. 837430, MANUFACTURED IN 1951

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    Rolex. A fine and rare 18K gold self-winding water-resistant wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, black dial and bracelet
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Datejust model, ref. 6105, case no. 837430, manufactured in 1951
    Cal. A.296 nickel-finished lever movement, 19 jewels, the black dial with applied gold dagger numerals, outer gilt five minute divisions, sweep centre seconds, window for date with alternating red and black numerals, in tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with milled bezel, the screw back with engraved inscription I E D Lucerne 1953, screw down crown, 18K gold Rolex link bracelet and clasp stamped 2.60, case, dial and movement signed
    34 mm. diam.


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    To commemorate the firm's 40th anniversary in 1945, Rolex introduced a new model which was to become one of the firm's flagships, the celebrated "Datejust". This larger version of the famous "bubble back" was fitted with the new calibre A.296, originally used in reference 5026, the large "bubble back". The "Jubilee Datejust" reference 4467 was initially only available in 18K gold. It featured a finely milled bezel, a gold-bordered date window and alternating red/black date numerals, a small "bubble back" crown and a prominently domed back.

    The three-body case of the model, also known as the "Ovettone" or "big egg", was soon replaced by a two-body case, still retaining the protruding case back, the milled bezel and alternating colours for the date, such as the present watch. The only obvious change was the winding crown, replaced against a larger version when Rolex increased the water resistance from 60 to 165 feet.

    In excellent overall condition, the rarity of the present watch is further enhanced by the original black dial.

    Special Notice

    Prospective buyers should be aware that the importation of Rolex watches into the United States is highly restricted. Rolex watches may not be shipped into the USA and can only be imported personally. Generally a buyer may import only one watch into the USA. For further information please contact our specialists in charge of the sale. Please note other countries may have comparable import restrictions for luxury watches.