Rolex Datejust Ref. 6305
Vintage Rolex 36mm Datejust, Black Dial, Jubilee Bracelet, Ref. 6305
Thanks to functions and aesthetics that never go out of fashion, Rolex’s Datejust is the archetype of the classic watch. Launched in 1945 for the 40th anniversary of Rolex, it was the first self-winding waterproof chronometer wristwatch to display the date, which was viewed in a window at 3 o’clock on the dial. Still in production, the Datejust retains the same classic features that made it such a recognizable watch, with three center hands, a date window at 3 o’clock, an automatic movement and a fluted screw-down caseback on a water-resistant round Oyster case.
Despite these reoccurring features, the Datejust has evolved over the years and may show the greatest variety of any Rolex model. Perhaps surprising, the early Datejust did not have the iconic Cyclops date window, which was first added in 1953, near the time this watch was produced. The instantaneous date change at midnight, for which Rolex became famous, first appeared around this same time. Even the name Datejust first began to appear on the dial around this time, with not all dials including it. Many collectors think this reference 6305 had the widest variety of dials of any Datejust reference.
The excellent black dial on this watch is not often seen on a Datejust. Set against the dial are gold arrowhead-shaped hour markers that are in-laid with beautifully aged lume, the color of which almost blends invisibly with the gold indices. The darkened lume on the Alpha hands adds to the striking look of this Datejust.
For such an iconic and enduring watch, the natural aging with unusual early features set this watch apart from a standard Datejust. We feel this classic Datejust is positively charming. What’s more, this recently serviced watch comes from the daughter of the original owner and is attached to a steel and gold jubilee bracelet.
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Rolex is recognized throughout the world not only as a brand associated with luxury, but as a watch that is both luxurious and precise. For Rolex, this hard-won and well-deserved recognition was never in doubt. The founder, Hans Wilsdorf named the company Rolex to be pronounceable in any language, as he anticipated the acclaim his company would receive due to relentless pursuit of precision and accuracy in a wristwatch. Soon after its founding, Rolex produced the first wristwatch to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, which was followed rapidly by receipt of a certificate of precision from the Kew Observatory in Great Britain. From those roots Rolex built a legacy of innovation. The Oyster watch was the first waterproof and dustproof wristwatch in 1926, followed by the first self-winding Perpetual rotor. Building once again on innovation, the Datejust became the first self-winding wrist chronometer to include a date in a window on the dial. Adventurous women and men who strive to make history have chosen Rolex for their expedition, which both perpetuates the brand’s claim to precision and dependability as well as attests to its veracity. Hans Wilsdorf may have anticipated the acclaim Rolex would someday achieve, but even he might have been impressed with its success.