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    Rolex, Ref: 4467, "Ovettone" Pre-DateJust, Luminous Dial and Hands, Circa 1947
    Case: 18k yellow gold, three body, screw back, 36 mm, gold radium lance hands, No. 518773
    Dial: Silver with radium applied gold hour markers, luminous radium lance style hands
    Movement: Self-winding, rhodium finish, Swiss lever, super-balance, chronometer. No. G 53649. Roulette date-wheel.
    Band: 18k YG Rolex signed jubilee, single bar endlink, #448, Circa 1952
    Signed: Rolex on case, dial, movement, bracelet


    The Rolex Pre-Datejust "Ovettone" represents the blueprint that Rolex would use in their design codes moving forward from its initial launch in 1945. This Ref: 4467, is one of the most well preserved examples newly discovered. Finding this reference with its original finishing, crown, and unblemished fluted bezel is often a challenge as many were used and enjoyed. In addition to those characteristics, what sets this particular example further apart is the near perfect transitional dial. Produced in textured silver matte, with evenly aged and intact luminous radium applied hour marker arrows, and hour dots, accompanied by its original luminous hands. The printed Rolex signature is clean and crisp, as is the very rare transitional "certified chronometer" script, instead of the "chronometer" and "officially certified chronometer" designation more commonly seen. The only blemish to this dial is the faint radium burn that occurred from the watch sitting unused for so many years.


    Condition Report*: Type: Rolex, Ref: 4467, "Ovettone" Pre-DateJust, Luminous Dial and Hands, Circa 1947
    Signed: Very Rolex on case, dial, movement, bracelet
    Model: Ref: 4467, "Ovettone"
    Dial: Silver, with radium gold applied hour markers
    Hands; Radium Lance style
    Metal: 18k yellow gold
    Case No: 518773
    Case Info: Three body, screw down case back
    Case Width: 36 mm
    Crystal: Acrylic
    Watch Movement: Self-winding, rhodium finish, Swiss lever, super-balance, chronometer. No. G 53649. Roulette date-wheel
    Band: Rolex signed 18k YG jubilee bracelet, circa 1952
    Circa: 1947
    Condition: Case is in superb condition with original finishing and unblemished fluted bezel. Dial is excellent with evenly aged lume, and faint radium burn from sitting. Movement runs and operates as it should. Service is highly recommended due to extended time not being used.
    *Heritage Auctions strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Heritage regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Heritage. All lots offered are sold "AS IS".

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