Rolex - The Watch Auction: One Geneva Saturday, May 9, 2015 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1962
    Reference No: 6105
    Movement No: 52210/H22538
    Case No: 903'654
    Model Name: Datejust, "Ovettone"
    Material: Steel and 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, A. 296
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless Steel buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present reference 6105 is a wonderful example of the Rolex Datejust made in the 1st decade of production.
    Delivered and sold through Serpico y Laino, Rolex’s retailer in Caracas, Venezuela, it has survived in remarkably crisp and unpolished condition.
    The thin reeding on the bezel is crisp and the case back still features the fine S&L Acero (for Serpico y Laino, steel) engraving. The date indication is in red, a typical and popular feature for the 1950’s.
    Lastly, the dial also displays the depth rating more commonly found on sports watches from this period.

  • Artist Biography


    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. 6105
A fine and rare stainless steel and yellow gold wristwatch with date, retailed by Serpico y Laino

36mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for CHF10,000

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The Watch Auction: One

Geneva Auction 10 May 2015 6:30pm