201 Rolex Special and Tasteful, Datejust “Ovettone”, Automatic Wristwatch in Steel and Gold, With Ridged and Graduated Bezel, Reference 6305

Estimate: €8,000 –⁠ 16,000

Sold €16,900

Model: Datejust
Reference: 6305
Case Material: Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold
Year: 1953
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: A.296
Case N°: 940123
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement

The Datejust, launched in 1945 in time for Rolex’s 40th anniversary, 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 company’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 center seconds. The famous magnifier over the date nicknamed the “cyclops” was introduced in 1957. In production between 1953 and 1956, reference 6305 such as the present watch is nicknamed “Ovettone” due to the likeness of its case to an egg. Preserved in nice conditions, the exquisiteness of this Rolex Datejust is quite remarkable: the three-body case with screw down back is in steel and preserved remarkably and so is the ridged and graduated yellow bezel. Matching the case is the two-tone oyster riveted bracelet in all its beauty. The silver dial has an aged charming patina with applied gold dart indexes, aperture for the date and red signature.