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 pitting on the case back. The original Rolex signed screw down winding crown is again in excellent condition. There are no signs of incorrect tool use on the teeth of the outside case back. 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. We usually re-finish original dials as they become very tarnished but this one’s aged so beautifully. The bold Arabic numbers are in ivory/cream and the dial colour is slightly lighter. The original hands have a matching inner colour – the second hand is gold plated.
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 steel 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 12 month written guarantee on the movement.