Rolex - The Geneva Watch Auction: XII Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2020 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1951
    Reference No: 6105
    Movement No: 30809, H21054
    Case No: 770'004
    Model Name: "Ovettone", "Big Bubble Back"
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. A296, jeweld
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex Jubilee bracelet, max length 210mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex deployant clasp stamped "2 51"
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Available since the early fifties, ref. 6105 represents the larger case embodiment of the Bubble Back model (hence its nickname Big Bubble Back, or Ovettone - large Ovetto - in Italian). Extremely modern in style and proportions, it is one of the most wearable vintage Rolex watches.

    The present example is distinguished by its extremely attractive black luminous dial, extremely well preserved, and the enormously charming Jubilee bracelet - stamped 2 51: perfectly matching the production year of the watch. In fact, this example appears to be one of the earliest representatives of the model. An interest detail about the reference is that while it was present in catalogue with the current ribbed bezel, a version with smooth bezel was also available for purchase.

  • 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 extremely attractive yellow gold automatic wristwatch with center seconds, luminous black dial and bracelet

Circa 1951
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for CHF20,160

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020