Stunning 1947 Solid 14ct Rose Gold Rolex Oyster Bubbleback Gents Vintage Watch

The Overview

Only 3 or 4 vintage watches have achieved iconic status and the Rolex Bubbleback is one of them.

This is an incredibly rare and highly collectable steel Rolex Oyster Bubbleback which dates to 1947. The provenance polished case is in excellent condition with only the most minor signs of wear – small amount of damage on 2 of the teeth on the case back. The very rare rose gold Rolex signed screw down winding crown is again in excellent condition. The original Rolex signed black dial has been professionally refinished to the highest possible standard and is classically art-deco. The raised rose gold alternating Roman Numeral hour numbers and stick batons along with the rose gold hands and sub-second dial create a stunning look – please note, the 2 dots under the sub-second dial are the bottom of the Roman Numeral ‘VI’. The very high grade Rolex signed perpetual movement is as clean as I’ve seen and has just been fully serviced by my professional watchmaker.

As many will know, when Rolex first made a perpetual (automatic) movement they had to redesign the case due to its size, hence the phrase ‘bubble back’. I have added a new, high quality black crocodile skin strap with a gold plated (yellow gold) Hirsch buckle to complete this beautiful watch. This is one of if not the most collectable Rolex watch.

My asking price is below the value for a watch of this condition and rarity, particularly with the continual rise in value of vintage watches of this high quality. In view of the high grade Swiss movement, I will include a three month written guarantee on the movement, which is long enough for you to assess the working order.

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The Case

The provenance polished case is in excellent condition with only the most minor signs of wear – small amount of damage on 2 of the teeth on the case back. The case measures 30 mm’s across, excluding the Rolex signed crown and 39 mm’s long including the lugs. The serial number is ‘444014’ dating it to 1947. The inside case carries the early Rolex crown and is signed ‘Rolex Geneve Suisse’, ‘Brevette’ and the case number is ‘3131’. It also the appropriate hallmarks for solid 14ct gold.

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The Dial

The original Rolex signed black dial has been professionally refinished to the highest possible standard and is classically art-deco. The raised rose gold alternating Roman Numeral hour numbers and stick batons along with the rose gold hands and sub-second dial create a stunning look – please note, the 2 dots under the sub-second dial are the bottom of the Roman Numeral ‘VI’. The dial is signed ‘Rolex Oyster Perpetual’, ‘Chronometre’ and ‘Swiss Made’.

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The Movement

The very high grade Rolex signed perpetual movement is as clean as I’ve seen and has just been fully serviced by my professional watchmaker. The movement is signed ‘Rolex Perpetual Chronometer’, ‘Swiss Made Patented’, ‘Super Balance’, ‘Vis Tirette Trigger Screw Patented’ and the movement number is ‘N19978’.

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The Strap

I have added a new, high quality black crocodile skin strap with a gold plated (yellow gold) Hirsch buckle to complete this beautiful watch.

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Couriering and Pre-Delivery Inspection

We use the Royal Mail’s Guaranteed next day service for UK sales and DHL for all overseas shipping. All our watches are fully serviced, but prior to couriering each one will undergo a 3 day pre-delivery check to ensure the watch is in perfect condition.

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Service, Repair and Refurbishment

Our association with the best of the industry allows us to offer a limited number quality servicing and repair for most of the famous Swiss brands; such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Cartier, as well as Omega, Longines, Jaeger LeCoultre, Breitling, IWC, Breguet, and a wide range of complications.

In collaboration with our watchmaker, we offer the following services:

Watch Repairs

Watch Servicing

Watch Restoration

Case Refinishing

Case Repair and Complete Restoration

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The Conclusion

This is an extremely rare and highly collectible vintage watch from one of history’s most famous names and will provide an excellent financial investment as well as a possession to treasure and enjoy. I will provide an insurance valuation in excess of my asking price. Please appreciate the difficulty of photographing this piece, it looks far better in real life. Subject to your location I’ll happily show the watch. f required. Please ring me if you have any questions: Chris 07917 100927

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