Exclusive Timepieces 7 –⁠ 8 December 2019 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide selection of very fine vintage timepieces, property of various prominent collectors will be presented in this sale. Including a fine selection of Longines Chronograph coming from one of the most important collections worldwide.

112 Rolex Nice and Important “Ovettone” Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Reference 4467, With Sweep Centre Seconds and Silver Dial. Given as Diplomatic Present to a Friend by Rafael Trujillo, President

Estimate: € 15,000 –⁠ 30,000

Sold € 18,200

Lot Description

Model: Datejust
Material: Yellow Gold
Reference N°: 4467
Year: 1940s
Caliber: 10 1/2″
Movement type: Automatic
Bracelet: Leather Strap
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement

The Rolex reference 4467 such as the present watch is a milestone for the English origin brand because represent the first ever automatic chronometer wristwatch that indicated the date on an aperture on the dial. This new product has been released for celebrating the 40th anniversary of Rolex and at first was unsure if the new model, which they named Ritedate, would be successful, as it was their first wristwatch to feature a date window. However, it fast became Rolex’s signature and its most prolific and most enduring model ever. The 4467 was yet to be named “Datejust”, and the dial was signed Rolex Oyster Perpetual Chronometer is today nicknamed “Ovettone” due to its likeness to an egg and was only available in 18k yellow gold. The lot offered here is nicely preserved with knurled bezel and equipped the caliber 101/2″. The dial presents the classic applied yellow gold indexes with luminous material, alpha hands and outer minutes/seconds track. Over time, reference 4467 has become a cult favorite among collectors, representing an inedible landmark moment within Rolex’s history.