ROLEX. A RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH SWEEP CENTRE SECONDS, ALTERNATE RED AND BLACK DATE, BRACELET, BLANK GUARANTEE AND BOX
ROLEX. A RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH SWEEP CENTRE SECONDS, ALTERNATE RED AND BLACK DATE, BRACELET, BLANK GUARANTEE AND BOX

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, DATEJUST, REF. 6305-1, CASE NO. 87’501, CIRCA 1955

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ROLEX. A RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH SWEEP CENTRE SECONDS, ALTERNATE RED AND BLACK DATE, BRACELET, BLANK GUARANTEE AND BOX
SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, DATEJUST, REF. 6305-1, CASE NO. 87’501, CIRCA 1955
Movement: cal. A.296, automatic, 25 jewels, signed
Dial: signed
Case: screw back, inside case back stamped 6305-1, 35 mm. diam., signed
With: 18K gold Rolex Oyster riveted bracelet with deployant clasp stamped 1.62, overall length of approx. 200 mm., period blank guarantee, literature, sale tags and presentation box.

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Lot Essay

The present early Datejust is preserved in very good overall condition, featuring the alternate red and black “roulette” date indication. Its appeal is further enhanced by the presence of the period accessories.

Reference 6305 was in production for only four years from 1952 until 1956 and available in a variety of materials.

The Datejust was launched in 1945 in time for Rolex’s 40th anniversary and is perhaps more synonymous with the company than any other model. It is one of the most enduring watches in their long history and certainly one that greatly contributed to the firm’s fame and the watch market in general. Named Datejust because the date changed exactly at midnight and was therefore always “just”, the model has a waterproof Oyster case and sweep centre seconds. The famous magnifier over the date nicknamed the cyclops was introduced in 1957.

Naturally the design of the Datejust has evolved over the years much to the delight of collectors who now find a rich variety of different dials, cases and references, each with their own unique attractions.

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