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Notes: Rarely offered at auction, this reference 4768 in stainless steel and pink gold is a particularly appealing example. The rarity of the present watch is further enhanced by the excellent untouched and original condition of the dial that has mellowed beautifully over the last nearly seventy years with the patina of age so desired by collectors.
Reference 4768 was launched in 1947, it was the first calendar chronograph wristwatch made by Rolex and came to be known as the “Dato Compax”. According to literature, only 220 examples of the model were made. It was available in stainless steel, yellow and pink gold as well as steel and gold (yellow and pink). The reference is fitted with one of the most sophisticated movements ever used by the company, the Valjoux 72C. The elegant case design, large faceted teardrop lugs and the clear dial display render the watch a more elegant look than its sporty Oyster successors.
The 72’s most famous outing was as the engine that powered the Rolex Daytona for nearly 30 years. People often think the Daytona ran either Zenith or Rolex movements, depending on the age of the watch. In fact, the manual 72–first renamed the Rolex 722-1, then the Rolex 727–powered the Daytona from 1961 and the ref. 6239 right the way through to 1988 and the ref. 16520. That’s when it gave way to the automatic 4030 (a Zenith 400 in a Rolex party frock). So that $1.1m Paul Newman you’re lusting after? It’s a humble Val. 72 inside. Admittedly it’s been tweaked a bit with a Breguet hairspring and a Microstella balance, but it’s a Val at heart.
Item created by: gdm on 2018-10-11 19:22:12. Last edited by gdm on 2018-10-11 19:30:42
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