1952 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ovettone Vintage Mens Oyster Perpetual Ref. 6103 Watch - Stainless Steel


Item No. 8397SH

Today's offering showcases this uncommon and very collectable Rolex Oyster Perpetual model #6103. Produced in limited numbers for a brief period of time in the early 1950's, these exclusive early Oyster Perpetual Date watches are fine and desirable.

It is a so-called Ovettone (Italian for "large egg"), named for the large Bubbleback case, although it has a fully curved case, unlike the solid gold 6105's which also have a date.

The 6105 was also one of the relatively few Rolex models to feature the short-lived Super Oyster crown which was produced for only three years. The “Super-Oyster” winding crown was an attempt by Rolex to create a waterproof winding crown which did not need to be screwed down. While the system itself worked, in time the rubber seal perished and therefore this crown type was phased out after only a few years of production.

Housed in one of Rolex's water-tight Oyster cases, the wristwatch originally offered its owner complete protection against water, dust, and perspiration. Inside the rugged case Rolex placed their legendary Cal. A296 so-called "Bubbleback" self-winding movement, keeping the watch powered by only movements of the wrist.

Being an Ovettone and and also having a Super Oyster crown makes 6103's desirable...these interesting, seldom seen watches served as the precursors to the modern Oyster Perpetual.

Its thick case with engine turned indexed bezel, which added a touch of extra class to the mid-century Oyster, presents in excellent condition.

Its case is scratch-free and has been previously polished. It presents nicely on the wrist. Its dial has been previously custom refinished with vintage sepia toned Arabic and baton indices.

One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it. It is keeping very accurate time.

For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new crocodile strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

Included with the purchase is a one-year international warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate attesting to its performance.

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Model: Oyster Perpetual Datejust, Reference 6105
  • Serial number: 842,393
  • Year built: c. 1952
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Sweep Seconds
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Case condition: Scratch-free with light wear and has been previously polished with thinner lugs. Light wear on the underside. It presents very nicely on the wrist.
  • Dimensions: 33.5mm wide (excluding crown), 44mm long lug tip-to-tip, 12mm thick
  • Dial: Matte black, signed ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL Precision, sepia tone luminous Arabic and baton indexes, outer minutes/seconds track, previously custom refinished, presents in mint condition
  • Hands: Steel, luminous "batons"
  • Movement type: Rolex Bubbleback cal. A296, rhodium-plated, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, self-compensating Breguet balance spring, index regulator, chronometer
  • Movement markings: Rolex Perpetual Chronometer, Swiss Made, Patented, 32689, F66257 Vis Triette Patented Self-Winding, 2 Ruby Jewels, Swiss
  • Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn
  • Width between lugs: 19mm
  • Crystal: Acrylic, excellent condition
  • Servicing: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
  • Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email concierge@cotwatches.com for details.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
  • Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our client's expectations throughout the buying experience.

All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail, and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier. International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.

The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed to be waterproof.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide


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