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    Sale 1413

    Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections

    16 May 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 36

    Rolex. An 18K gold automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and date


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    Rolex. An 18K gold automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and date
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, ref. 4467, case no. 518'500, manufactured in 1946
    Cal. 10 ½ automatic movement, 18 jewels, silvered matte dial, applied dagger numerals, luminous accents, luminous hands, sweep centre seconds, outer fifth of a second divisions combined with Arabic five minutes divisions, window for date, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw back engraved “W. Schetelig”, screw down crown, gold plated Rolex buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    36 mm. diam.

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    In production on from 1945 to 1949, reference 4467 represents the beginning of one of the most recognized names in modern horology: the Rolex Datejust. An exceedingly rare timepiece, the first 100 examples were available only through a coupon found on the Genève newspaper “Tribune de Genève”. It was only available in 18K gold with Jubilee bracelet, to emphasize its exclusivity, and it was the first watch entirely made by Rolex, including case and bracelet. Technical necessities dictated by the presence of the rotor commanded quite a large case design for the time, which grants to the piece a gratifying massiveness, measuring 14 mm. in height.

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