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08/01/22
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Lot #1565

Rolex Datejust Ovettone 6305-1

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Introduction

Released to celebrate Rolex's 40th anniversary in 1945, the Rolex Datejust has become one of the Genevan Giant's most iconic watches. The world's first wristwatch to display the date via an aperture on the dial, the Datejust revolutionized wristwatch design for decades to follow. With its emblematic Cyclops lens, jubilee bracelet (designed specifically for the model in 1945), and classy fluted precious metal bezel, the Datejust's aesthetic has always been that of pure elegance and class. Perhaps one of Rolex's most recognizable designs, the Datejust has evolved from its dressier roots into a perfectly capable timepiece rivaling the robustness of most brand's sports watches. Featuring a stainless steel case with a screw-down crown and caseback, the Datejust packs an impressive 100m of water resistance alongside its consistently capable movements and construction that have enabled it to become one of the best-equipped watches for daily wear and tear. Available with several different dial options, in a multitude of materials, and across many styles, the Datejust is an inescapable reflection of its owner, with a model out there to suit pretty much everybody's tastes and preferences.

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Grade

V 8

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Watch Only

Est. value range

$3,000 – $5,000

The Details

Brand

Rolex

Dimensions

36mm

Model

Datejust "Ovettone"

Movement

Automatic

Reference

6305-1

Bracelet

Leather strap

Year

Circa 1953

Condition

Very good

Material

Stainless steel

Included

Watch only

Dial Color

Beige

THE DIAL

Featuring a beautifully colored dial and the word Datejust in red, this example has aged to include a deep beige color with sharp applied indices and hands.

THE CONSTRUCTION

Meaning "big egg" in Italian, the "Ovettone" nickname refers to a small number of early Datejust references that feature a large 36mm case alongside a protruded ‘bubble back’ which was included to provide space for the newly introduced date wheel module on the movement.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

Watch is in overall very good condition. Case edges are soft and show signs of wear comesurate with a 70 year old watch. Fluted bezel shows similar wear. The dial is mottled and darkened, and has remnants of luminous on the dial. There is surface scuffing but all the text is clean and visible.

Please Note: Due to CITES considerations, if the watch is to be shipped outside of the USA, the exotic skin strap will have to be removed.

Our Perspective

Blending the Datejust's classy design and the sizing of Rolex's sportier models, the Ovettone reference Datejusts have become brilliantly collectible as they give collectors a sense of truly vintage horology in a package that is not too removed from modern sizing.

Eric Ku

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Lot # 1565

Rolex Datejust Ovettone 6305-1

Sold

$4,894

Ended
08/01/22