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A RARE AND HISTORICAL 18K YELLOW GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BLACK DIAL CIRCA 1950 REF 6305 OYSTER PERPETUAL DATEJUST
• automatic nickel lever movement, 17 jewels • black dial with applied dagger and diamond-set numerals (approx. 0.06 cts), dauphine hands, centre seconds, date aperture • 18k yellow gold case with milled bezel, screw-down crown and back • case, dial and movement signed • with a gilt Rolex buckle • presentation case and accompanied by a hand written letter from direct descendant of Bey of Tunis
diameter 36 mm
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Provenance

HM Mohamed Lamine Bey

Catalogue Note

The present lot is fitted with one of the rarest dials Rolex has ever produced. This stunning lacquered and gilt dial, set with 6 diamonds, is a rarity usually found on triple calendars models such as the reference 6062. What is interesting to note, is that the present example set with 6 diamonds instead of the usual 5 and is the first example seen at auction with this rare combination (refer to lot 154 ref. 6105 which only has 3 diamonds). The historical provenance relating to his Highness Mohamed Lamine Bey adds to the exclusivity of the piece. 

The last Bey of Tunis, who was the last representative of the Husseinite's dynasty, died in September 1962 in Tunis and was buried at his wife's side, in the cemetery of La Marsa.

The present watch was the only one kept by Bey of Tunis from his personal collection as mentioned in the hand written letter from his direct descendant.

Currently exhibited in the Patek Philippe Museum a Patek Philippe wristwatch with polychrome enamel dial depicting a portrait of the Bey of Tunis.

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