Exclusive Timepieces 17 October 2021 | Monaco

Auction Details

It is with great pleasure that we present you our new catalogue of fall 2021. A wonderful journey through the world of watch collecting.

Morning Session:
10:30 AM CEST – lots 100 to 169
Afternoon Session:
2:30 PM CEST – lots 170 to 288

191 Rolex Attractive and Early “Ovettone” Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Reference 4467, With Center Seconds and Date

Estimate: € 6,000 –⁠ 12,000

Sold € 11,700

Model: "Ovettone"
Reference: 4467
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1946
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 10 1/2''
Case N°: 460477
Dimensions: 35 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case

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. Made in celebration of the brand’s 40th anniversary, the model would evolve into one of Rolex’s most iconic models of all time, today nicknamed “Ovettone” due to its likeness to an egg. An exceedingly rare timepiece, the first 100 examples were available only through a coupon found on the Genève newspaper “Tribune de Genève”. This particular yellow gold example has been preserved in good condition with its distinctive reeded bezel. The silvered matte dial with applied dagger numerals, sweep centre seconds, outer fifth of a second divisions combined with Arabic five minutes divisions doesn’t presents luminous accents nor hands. 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, making it in the course of history a cult favorite among collectors, representing an inedible landmark moment within Rolex’s history.