Stunning 1968 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Semi-Bubbleback Gents Vintage Watch

The Overview

This is a stunning example of the iconic Rolex Super Oyster Perpetual ‘Semi-Bubbleback’ dating from 1968. The original and striking black gloss Rolex signed dial has been professionally refinished to the highest possible standard and is wonderfully understated. The applied gilt (gold colour) hour batons and steel dauphine hands provide a soft contrast to the black dial is perfectly framed by the steel Thunderbird bezel. The original solid steel case is in excellent condition with only the most minimal signs of wear the Thunderbird bezel is extremely well defined. 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 black ‘London’ alligator skin strap with steel Hirsch buckle.

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 12 month guarantee on the movement which is long enough for you to assess the working order.

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The Case

The original solid steel case is in excellent condition with only the most minimal signs of wear the Thunderbird bezel is extremely well defined. The case measures 33 mm across, excluding the Rolex signed crown and 39 mm long including the lugs. The inside case is signed ‘Montres Rolex SA Geneva Switzerland Patented’, ‘Stainless Steel’ and the case number is ‘6285’. The age reference is ‘1.68’ dating it to 1968.

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The Dial

The original and striking black gloss Rolex signed dial has been professionally refinished to the highest possible standard and is wonderfully understated. The applied gilt (gold colour) hour batons and steel dauphine hands provide a soft contrast to the black dial is perfectly framed by the steel Thunderbird bezel. The dial is signed ‘Rolex Oyster Perpetual’, ‘Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified’ and ‘T Swiss T’.

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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 numbers are ‘F67995’ and ‘53103’.

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The Strap

To complete this iconic watch I’ve added a new, super high quality, Hirsch and Sonning Vintage Watches black ‘London’ alligator skin strap with steel Hirsch buckle. The straps retail at £195.00

We hold a Hirsch franchise and are able to supply any strap in their range.

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The Box, Papers and Sonning Warranty

As with the majority of pre-owned watches that are 10 years or older, this particular watch does not come with its original box or paperwork. The watch is 100% genuine and rest assured we provide a lifetime guarantee on the authenticity and provenance of all the watches we sell.

Although there is no original paperwork, we do provide a written invoice and 3 page insurance valuation with the pictures of the watch and all available reference numbers. We also give a 12 month warranty on all our watches. We also stock a good selection of vintage watch boxes to help complete your purchase.

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About Sonning Vintage Watches

Sonning Vintage Watches are one of the largest prestige brand vintage watch retailers on the Internet carrying stock of around £500,000; we’ve sold over 3,000 vintage watches across the world since our formation in 2009. We’re based in Berkshire and Nottingham and spend 1- 2 days a week in London. Whilst we’re an Internet business we do ‘show’ 90% of our watches prior to sale and travel across England to meet prospective buyers.

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Why purchase a watch from SVW?

We provide a lifetime guarantee on the authenticity and provenance of all our watches and come with a full printed Receipt of Sale and Insurance Valuation. Purchasing from SVW gives you the protection and reassurance of buying from an incorporated company with outstanding customer testimonials.

We provide a high quality box and use the Royal Mail Special Delivery for the UK and DHL for overseas sales. They are insured for the full purchase value.

See what our customers say – 100% positive feedback on all our sales sites and over 40% of our customers buy again or refer us!

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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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