Rare Watches, Magnificent Jewels & Objets de Vertu 14 January 2019 | Monaco LOT 61
Rolex Datejust big bubbleback “Ovettone”, ref. 6105, retailed by “Serpico y Laino”, in yellow gold
Estimate € 9,000 – 15,000
Model: Big BubbleBack
Reference N°: 6105
Year: Circa 1952
Case N°: 910985
Caliber: A 296
Bracelet: Leather, Rolex gold plated buckle
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement
Montre Rolex en or jaune, modèle « Ovettone », réf. 6105. Son cadran crème a développé une patine très attractive qui renforce son look vintage. De plus, elle a été vendue par le célèbre revendeur officiel Rolex de Caracas au Venezuela « Serpico y Laino ». Son boitier aux proportions généreuses la rend très attractive. Son état est remarquablement croustillant, la fine cannelure de la lunette est croustillante. Le fond du boitier comporte une gravure dédiée du premier acheteur.
Made as of the mid 1940s, the Rolex Oyster perpetual with date indication was the direct predecessor of the famous Datejust as we know it today. From its launch, this highly charismatic and attractive model stood out from Rolex’s product lineup thanks to a much larger case measuring 36 mm in diameter – exceptionally large compared to most other watches made during this era. Referred to as both the “big bubble back” and “Ovettone” by collectors, due to the generous volume of its case, the present watch is a superb example. Considered as one of the rarest references of the Ovettone, the present 6105 combines numerous rarities that excite collectors. The original super Oyster crown remains in place, a convenient design that provided water resistance without needing to be screwed down. This particular crown was introduced by Rolex in 1950 and discontinued only 2 years later due to Rolex’s strict requirement for greater water resistance. Its textured cream-colored dial has developed a very attractive patina enhancing its vintage appeal; furthermore this present lot has been sold through Serpico y Laino, Rolex’s retailer in Caracas, Venezuela. Its generous case proportion makes it ideal for contemporary tastes. The present lot has survived in remarkably crisp conditions, the thin reeding on the bezel is crisp and the case back still features a dedicate engraved of the first buyer. The date indication is in red, a typical and popular feature for the 1950s. Amazing watch for very fine collectors, lastly the dial also displays the sign “officially” in red color, a nice rarity.