Rolex Datejust 6305-1 'Honeycomb'
Watch dealers and auction houses throw around the phrase “historically important” entirely too often.
Rolex DatejustIn 1945 Rolex created the flagship Datejust to mark the company’s 40th anniversary.
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Watch dealers and auction houses throw around the phrase “historically important” entirely too often. But boy, this insanely attractive 1950s Datejust is just that.The Datejust was introduced in 1945 to celebrate Rolex’ 40th anniversary (hence the Jubilee moniker for the bracelet that was introduced at the same time). For the first few years, the Datejust was still a niche and dressy looking model that was only available in 18k gold or two-tone executions. Moreover, the watch did not even feature the magnifying cyclops over the date window yet.The introduction of the ref. 6305 Datejust in 1954 was a game changer. By finally offering an all-white metal option the stage was set for the Datejust to become the iconic every-occasion watch we know today.This ref. 6305 from 1956 is an amazingly preserved example. The 36 mm stainless steel case features a sharp 18k white gold coin-edge bezel, which can be distinguished from the fluted bezels of later years due to its more finely stamped pattern. And, it wouldn’t be a Datejust if it didn’t come on the iconic Jubilee bracelet; in this case, a wonderful folded stainless steel one.The black dial is in absolutely pristine condition—just look at those immaculate radium lume plots—which is all the more surprising for a watch that is 65 years old. The dial features a lovely embossed honeycomb pattern and applied 18k white gold prism-shaped indices that match the elegant 18k white gold alpha hands. As is typical for this time period, the date disc is executed in roulette style with alternating red and blue numerals set against a white background. All of this is visible through a cool metal aperture.Though it’s not the first Datejust, the 6305 is surely one of the most important references in this legendary line and this particular specimen is without a doubt one of the most well-preserved: a true collector’s piece.
Rolex DatejustIn 1945 Rolex created the flagship Datejust to mark the company’s 40th anniversary. This model was the world’s first self-winding wristwatch with a date indication. With the Datejust, Rolex also introduced the iconic 5-piece jubilee bracelet, first in solid gold and later in bicolor and stainless steel. On the tenth anniversary of the Datejust in 1955, the magnifying ‘cyclops lens’ was introduced on the Datejust.OvettoneThe nickname ‘Ovettone’ means ‘big egg’ in Italian. This nickname refers to a couple of early Datejust references with a protruded ‘bubble back’ that was meant to house the newly introduced date wheel on the movement. Collectors love these early Datejusts because they are truly special pieces within Rolex’ longest running product line.