Rare, transitional Datejust, one of the first using the later two piece case but the early bubbleback movement; dating from 1954/55 with very unusual dial.
These early Datejusts have much finer milled bezels than the current models, with more of a coin edge appearance. The Italian name for these watches is ‘Ovettone’ (meaning ‘Big Egg’ in Italian); the name comes from the domed case back.
The dial has large applied triangular indices at the 6 & 9 positions with large luminous inserts and smaller arrowhead ones for the remainder, it is one of the first to be signed “Officially certified chronometer”, and has two unusual features; the word “Datejust” is in red and the depth rating “50m=165ft” is marked on the dial, this is normally only seen on sport watches & this is the first time I have ever seen it on a gold DateJust. These early Datejusts have a slow date change function and as with all the early DateJusts, the date window on this watch is surrounded by a gilt metal frame.
The watch is one of the very last to use the “bubbleback” style A296 movement, which has 25 jewels and is numbered 69578
The case is in 90+% condition, as is the movement whilst the dial is 90%
The watch measures 35mm diameter, 44mm lug to lug and 13mm high, it takes a 20mm strap and a new brown Horween cordovan leather strap is fitted.
£7,500.00 (approx. $11,500.00 US)