A fine and rare yellow gold wristwatch with date and center seconds

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1946
    Reference No: 4467
    Movement No: H76613
    Case No: 518'792
    Model Name: DateJust
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 710
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Dimensions: 35mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The reference 4467 is a historical moment in the history of Rolex as it was the first of the brands now iconic DateJust model. Released in 1945 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the firm, the DateJust was the first automatic wristwatch with instantaneously changing date aperture.

    This changed the landscape of horology and we will see it used again in a decade with other prestigious models. The model was yet to be named “DateJust”, and the dial was signed Rolex Oyster Perpetual Chronometer. Available only in 18k yellow gold, the date wheel showed the even days in red, with the odd days in black. As with all the brands models, the reference 4467 evolved with newer more accurate calibers and in 1954 the addition of the now famous Cyclops lens over the date.

    The present example is in lovely overall condition with a dial that has aged gracefully and now with a warm light brown patina. Today’s collectors seeking a watch with a rich history in to the past of the brand should consider this beautiful reference 4467.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 4467
A fine and rare yellow gold wristwatch with date and center seconds

勞力士,「DateJust」型號4467 ,18K黃金自動上弦腕錶,配日期顯示,約1946年製

Circa 1946
35mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$48,000 - 64,000 
€5,300-7,000
$6,200-8,200

sold for HK$100,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2018