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Watches and Wristwatches / Rolex. An 18K gold automatic calendar bubble back wristwatch with roulette date wheel Oyster Perpetual 'Ovettone' Pre-Datejust, Ref 4467, Circa 1950

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Rolex. An 18K gold automatic calendar bubble back wristwatch with roulette date wheel
Oyster Perpetual 'Ovettone' Pre-Datejust, Ref: 4467, Circa 1950
17 May 2022, 13:00 BST
London, Knightsbridge

Sold for £8,925 inc. premium

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Rolex. An 18K gold automatic calendar bubble back wristwatch with roulette date wheel

Model: Oyster Perpetual 'Ovettone' Pre-Datejust
Reference: 4467
Date: Circa 1950
Movement: Jewelled automatic, No.H98065
Dial: Silvered, applied gilt faceted dart hour markers, black outer 1/5th second divisions, date aperture at 3, gilt dagger hands with luminous inserts
Case: Polished tonneau form, screw down bubble back and crown, milled bezel, No.598109
Strap/Bracelet: Brown Rolex alligator leather
Buckle/Clasp: Signed 18K gold buckle
Signed: Case, dial & movement
Size: 36mm

Footnotes

The reference 4467 was launched in 1945 in celebration of Rolex's 40th anniversary and has taken on the nickname 'Ovettone' due to its egg-shaped case. The watch was very well received upon release and has remained a favourite amongst collectors due to a number of memorable features. It was the brand's first waterproof, automatic, certified Chronometer wristwatch with a date function as well as having a large case size for the time of 36mm, necessary to house the reference's large rotor. The 'Ovettone', which would later become the Datejust, was only produced for 4 years in relatively small numbers. The thin milled or reeded bezel associated with this reference would evolve into the fluted bezel associated with the modern day Datejust. Furthermore, the current lot features a desirable roulette black/red date wheel.

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