1953 Rolex Datejust Ovettone Vintage Mens Rare "Red Letter" Ref. 6105 Watch - Stainless Steel & 18K Gold


Item No. 7252

Today's offering showcases this uncommon and very collectable Rolex Oyster Perpetual "red letter" model #6105. 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.

This particular very rare "red letter" example has the word "Officially" in its chronometer designation done in original red printing, further increasing its desirability.

It is a so-called Ovettone (Italian for "large egg"), named for the large Bubbleback case.

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 6105's desirable. While this would be a great watch with just the above two distinctives, even more differentiating is its rare "red letter" dial. This special Rolex checks a lot of boxes.

We were fortunate to acquire it. All its parts are fully original down to the hands, red date wheel, and original Super Oyster winding crown. Its dial was previously restored in vintage times.

Its case is scratch-free and has been previously polished. It presents nicely on the wrist.

When we acquired it, it was accompanied by the period correct gold and steel Rolex "crimped link" Jubilee bracelet that is on it.

One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it 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.

A very cool red letter Rolex for a fraction of the price of a Red Sub.

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Model: Oyster Perpetual Datejust, Reference 6105
  • Serial number: 903,544
  • Year built: c. 1953
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Date, Sweep Seconds
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: Gold and stainless steel
  • Case condition: Scratch-free and has been previously polished. It presents nicely on the wrist.
  • Dimensions: 36mm wide (excluding crown), 44mm long lug tip-to-tip, 14mm thick
  • Dial: Black, signed ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL, "Officially" is in red, applied luminous gold dart indexes, 1/5 second markings, aperture for the date wheel in red, restored in vintage times, excellent condition
  • Hands: Original, luminous gold "dauphines"
  • Movement type: Rolex Bubbleback cal. A296, rhodium-plated, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, self-compensating Breguet balance spring, index regulator, chronometer rated for its accuracy
  • Movement markings: International Watch Co., Swiss, 8531, 1,466,213, Pat. Appl., 21 Jewels
  • Movement markings: Rolex Perpetual Chronometer, Swiss Made, Patented
  • Band: Period correct, gold and steel "crimped link" Rolex Jubilee, designed to fit a wrist up to approx. 7 3/4 inches on largest setting, adjustable, end links show wear and it has moderate stretch, the finish is very nice and the coronet on the clasp is unusually crisp for a bracelet of this age.
  • Width between lugs: 20mm
  • 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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