Vintage Rose Gold Datejust Reference 6605

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1957 Pink Gold Rolex Datejust (Reference #6605)
A unique example of a Rolex Datejust, the rose gold Reference 6605 shown above was introduced in 1957. While it still maintains the classic elements of a Datejust, the rose gold material and design details make it a rare vintage model that is still in good condition today. This piece sold in Hong Kong at a Phillips auction for just under $25,000 US in 2015.

This model's Oyster case, fluted bezel, Jubilee bracelet and Cyclops magnifying lens are all familiar. However, its galvanic black lacquer 'Swiss' dial and spade-shaped pink gold hour markers are more unique. The case measures 36 millimeters, a standard size of that time, and houses an automatic 1065 movement with 25 jewels.

The tone of the pink gold used for this model is very interesting as compared to the Everose gold alloy the watchmaker uses today. It looks just slightly darker than yellow gold, but not as pink as Everose. The combination of this gold alloy with the black lacquered dial creates an interesting juxtaposition that is not seen as often today, with the popularity of stainless steel and white gold models. To check out Rolex's current model configurations, including the Datejust 41, visit the Rolex Models page of this site.

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