Reference 4467 is a landmark model for Rolex collectors, as it is the first version of the Datejust, which in turn is the earliest released of the “modern” – still in production – models. The first 100 pieces were numbered and sold through an advertisement on the local newspaper “Tribune de Genève”. In production only from 1945 to 1949, its design is directly and obviously derived from the Big Bubble Back, from which it differs, of course, for the presence of the date window.
This model was predominantly made in yellow gold. Pink gold versions are very rare, but finding a pink gold 4467 with a black dial, furthermore unrestored, is one of the Holy Grails for the connoisseur of Rolex timepieces. Its rarity and collectability are only matched by its condition: the dial is indeed absolutely untouched, and it aged with the characteristic clouding typical of black Rolex dials. The case as well is in very good condition for a watch 80 years old, with its proportions absolutely intact. Aesthetically, the pink gold/black dial combination is among the most striking one can find in a wristwatch, and indeed it is even nowadays often found on modern timepieces. Without a doubt, no matter what point of view the collector looks at this piece from – aesthetics, historical importance, rarity – it can be considered a pinnacle of Rolex Daydate, and Rolex in general, collecting, and a probably once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.