Stunning 1953 Steel & Gold Rolex Super Oyster Semi-Bubbleback Gents Vintage Watch

The Overview

This is a stunning example of the iconic Rolex Super Oyster Perpetual ‘Semi-Bubbleback’ dating from 1954. The original and extremely beautiful ivory/cream Rolex signed dial has been professionally refinished to the highest possible standard and is wonderfully elegant. The applied gilt (gold colour) spear head hour batons  with gilt Arabic hour numbers at the quarters and gilt (blued steel second hand) dauphine hands provide a soft contrast to the ivory/white dial and provenance polished steel & gold case (correctly finished matt shoulders and polished sides). The solid steel and gold (bezel and original and extremely rare and original Rolex signed Swiss ‘+’ winding/setting crown) case is in excellent condition with only the most minimal signs of wear. The very high grade Rolex signed automatic movement is again in excellent condition and has just been serviced by my watchmaker. To complete this iconic watch I’ve added a new, super high quality, Hirsch and Sonning Vintage Watches dark brown ‘London’ alligator skin strap with gold plated Hirsch buckle (we can of change the buckle and strap colour if required)

The Semi-Bubbleback is one of the most desired Oysters and followed the iconic Bubbleback, Rolex’s first automatic movement. As many will know, when Rolex introduced the Bubbleback they had to create a larger case to accommodate the larger movement and they did this by creating a rounded case back. The Bubbleback was a 30mm watch and when the fashion changed for larger watches they carried this on for a few years. The ‘Semi-Bubbleback’ is even more desireable than the Bubbleback due to its’ larger size. The deliciously rounded case back on this example in excellent condition. Watches of this quality and in this condition are extremely rare and highly sought after – if history is any judge they will only increase in value.

As mentioned, it has just been serviced by my watchmaker and, in view of the high-grade Swiss movement, I will include a 3 month guarantee on the movement which is long enough for you to assess the working order.

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The Case

The provenance polished (gloss sides and matt shoulders) solid stainless steel and gold screw down case is in excellent condition, with only the most minor signs of wear. The case measures 33 mm’s wide, excluding the original and very rare gold ‘Swiss Cross’ Rolex signed winding crown and 40 mm’s, including the lugs. The inside back is signed ‘Rolex Geneve Swiss’ and the case number of ‘6085’. The serial number is ‘854***’ dating it to quarter of 1954 (the full serial number will of course be given to the buyer).

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The Dial

The original and extremely beautiful ivory/cream Rolex signed dial has been professionally refinished to the highest possible standard and is wonderfully elegant. The applied gilt (gold colour) spear head hour batons  with gilt Arabic hour numbers at the quarters and gilt (blued steel second hand) dauphine hands provide a soft contrast to the ivory/white dial and provenance polished steel & gold case (correctly finished matt shoulders and polished sides). The dial is signed ‘Rolex Oyster-Perpetual. ‘Officially Certified Chronometer’ and ‘Swiss’.

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The Movement

The very high grade Rolex signed automatic movement is again in excellent condition and has just been serviced by my watchmaker. The movement is signed ‘Rolex Perpetual Swiss Made Patented’, ‘Vis Tirette Trigger Screw’, ‘Patented Self Winder’, ‘2 Ruby Jewels Swiss’ and the movement number of ‘15435’.

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The Strap

To complete this iconic watch I’ve added a new, super high quality, Hirsch and Sonning Vintage Watches dark brown ‘London’ alligator skin strap with gold plated Hirsch buckle (we can of change the buckle and strap colour if required). These retail at £195.00

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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 a rare and highly collectable vintage watch from one of horology’s most famous names and will, if history is any judge, 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 even better in real life. Subject to your location I’ll happily show the watch. I’m happy for this watch to be authenticated if required.

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