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Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 32mm White Arabic numerals United Kingdom, London
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback 3065
£5,750
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472
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold Champagne United Kingdom, London
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback 14ct 1955
£5,000
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12
UK
Rolex Bubble Back 32mm United Kingdom, Oxford
TOP
Rolex 1940s Bubbleback - Oyster Perpetual Chronometer
£3,750
Private Seller
 
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm
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Rolex BUBBLE BACK 2940 1946
£1,895
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69
DE
Rolex Bubble Back Steel United Kingdom, Kent
Rolex Bubbleback
£3,295
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UK
Rolex Bubble Back Red gold 32mm Silver Arabic numerals
TOP
Rolex Bubble Back 14K Red Gold 32 mm - RARE TOP Patina Dial
£2,713
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563
NL
Rolex Bubble Back 34mm White United Kingdom, Norwich
Rolex Super Oyster 6085 – 1952 – Full Set – £4,750
£4,750
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121
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 34mm Champagne Arabic numerals United Kingdom, Hertfordshire
Rolex Vintage Oyster Perpetual Ref. 6085 Yellow Gold Bubble Back
£2,499
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75
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel
Rolex Ovetto
£3,015
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59
IT
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 34mm Silver United Kingdom, London
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back 3372
£4,250
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472
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 36mm Silver United Kingdom, London
Rolex 18k Datejust Bubble Back, Silver Dial, Ref: 6105
£6,950
Verified Dealer
163
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm White No numerals
TOP
Rolex Bubble Back
£2,067
Free shipping
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9
CH
Rolex Bubble Back 34mm Champagne United Kingdom, Wantage
Rolex ‘super’ Oyster Semi-bubbleback 6084
£4,900
Verified Dealer
50
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Steel United Kingdom, Kent
Rolex Bubbleback
£3,175
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UK
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm Silver
TOP
Rolex Bubble Back
£1,942
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32mm Champagne
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble back
£2,874
Verified Dealer
336
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Champagne Roman numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback Hooded Lugs Vintage Steel...
£6,984
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382
US
Rolex Bubble Back 33mm
Rolex Hooded Bubble Back 14k Gold/Steel Ref. 3065
£7,749
Verified Dealer
51
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 36mm Silver No numerals United Kingdom, London
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Gold Semi-Bubble Back
£22,500
Free shipping
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472
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 36mm Silver United Kingdom, London
Rolex Oyster Date Semi Bubble Ovettone, Ref: 6075
£2,950
Verified Dealer
163
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm Champagne No numerals United Kingdom, Glasgow
Rolex Semi- Bubble Back
£3,495
Private Seller
 
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32mm Silver Arabic numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Vintage Bubble Back 9k Rose Gold Circa...
£3,647
Verified Dealer
364
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel United Kingdom, Kent
Rolex Bubbleback
£3,150
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UK
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Champagne
Rolex Men's Oyster Royal 2940 Bubbleback Automatic, c.1946...
£3,103
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577
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32mm Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back
£4,583
Verified Dealer
8
US
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 33mm Champagne
Rolex Vintage 1940’s Hooded Bubbleback 14k Gold & Steel Mens...
£12,041
Verified Dealer
128
US
Rolex Bubble Back 36mm Black
Rolex Bubble Back
£5,049
Verified Dealer
34
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Silver Arabic numerals United Kingdom, London
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback 6050
£2,450
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
472
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 36mm White
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 5026 Bubble Back Watch
£7,224
Free shipping
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306
US
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32.5mm Silver Arabic numerals
Rolex Solid 14k Rose Gold Bubble Back Automatic Watch 1940s...
£4,147
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 31.5mm White Arabic numerals
Rolex 1948 Vintage Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback, 14K Gold &...
£3,336
Verified Dealer
202
US
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 34mm White No numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual tutone original dial c. 1953-54
£3,212
Verified Dealer
46
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm Silver
Rolex Men's Oyster Perpetual 6085 Bubbleback Automatic c1951...
£2,952
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577
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 28mm
Rolex Square “Bubbleback” 18K YG circa 1950
£3,496
Verified Dealer
68
US
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32mm Champagne No numerals United Kingdom, Macclesfield
Rolex Bubble Back
£3,495
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UK
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm No numerals
Rolex Bubbleback Ref. 2940
£3,379
Verified Dealer
157
US
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 32mm
Rolex Bubbleback stell and gold 32mm
£3,768
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 32mm Arabic numerals
Rolex Ref# 3065 HOODED LUGS Oyster Perpetual Chronometer...
£6,041
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm White
Rolex Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back 2940
£2,097
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
306
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 36mm Silver No numerals
Rolex Bubble Back 6107 Mens Automatic Vintage Watch Silver...
£2,404
Verified Dealer
114
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32mm White No numerals
Rolex Bubble Back
£3,068
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm Silver
Rolex Men's ref.6085 Oyster Bubbleback Automatic, c.1951 Swiss...
£2,952
Free shipping
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577
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 34mm White No numerals
Rolex Bubble Back
£2,637
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 34mm White
Rolex SS/14K YG Oyster Perpetual ref 6085 circa 1953
£3,612
Verified Dealer
68
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Silver Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubbleback Ref. 2940
£3,301
Verified Dealer
157
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 31mm
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback Stainless Steel
£2,327
Free shipping
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314
US
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 36mm White No numerals
Rolex 18K Gold Ref# 4467 First Date Big BubbleBack Ovettone...
£9,149
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 34mm Champagne No numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Waffle Yellow Gold Ref. 6085
£5,438
Verified Dealer
21
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 36mm White No numerals
Rolex Bubble Back 6084 Vintage Automatic Men's Watch Tropical...
£3,026
Verified Dealer
114
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 33mm
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back 14k Yellow Gold Watch 6084
£2,564
Verified Dealer
100
US
Rolex Bubble Back 36mm
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Red/BK Date Ref# 6075 Ovettone 18k...
£6,818
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 34.1mm White No numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref 6085 14K Gold Rare “RED OFFICIALLY”...
£5,395
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
143
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 24.5mm
Rolex Lady Square “Bubbleback” 18K YG circa 1950
£3,496
Verified Dealer
68
US
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 36mm
Rolex Vintage S/Steel & 18k Bubble Back Automatic Watch Ref...
£5,437
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm Arabic numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 6085
£2,564
Verified Dealer
157
US
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 32mm White Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back
£3,880
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
314
US
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 34mm Silver
Rolex Vintage Rolex Bubbleback 6084 Men's Watch in 14kt...
£3,301
Verified Dealer
140
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32mm Silver
Rolex Bubbleback 3131 Mens Automatic Vintage Watch 18k Yellow...
£3,103
Verified Dealer
114
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32mm Champagne Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back
£4,583
Verified Dealer
 
US
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 32mm Silver Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back Vintage Chronometer Hooded 3065 Automatic 14k
£6,991
Verified Dealer
80
US
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Rolex Bubbleback – A Case for Innovation

The Rolex Bubbleback is a rare timepiece in the history of watchmaking. Nicknamed for its unmistakable protruding case, this watch captures the style and imagination of the 1930s, a decade when Rolex introduced some of its most daring innovations in horology. Today the Rolex Bubbleback is coveted by serious collectors the world over – not least of all because it is still ticking.

Yet the Bubbleback by Rolex is all the rarer as it was only produced for around twenty years after first appearing in 1933. The intact models seen today are evidence of the high manufacturing standards of Rolex that established the company as industry leaders. What’s more, though none of the models were ever engraved with the Rolex Bubbleback moniker, its reputation as a reliable wristwatch ensured that collectors recognize it on sight – and continue to call it by its endearing nickname. In Italy the Bubbleback is affectionately known as ovetonne or ‘little egg’, and ‘little coffin’ in Hong Kong.


Unique Style of the Bubbleback by Rolex

The Rolex Oyster Bubbleback gets its distinctive rounded case from the unusually thick movement and rotor that, turning on a pivot, sets the winding of the hairspring in motion. It is an ingenious piece of manufacturing that announces itself rather boldly on the wrist as a result of its larger parts.

For horology enthusiasts, the simplicity of the Rolex Bubbleback watch is what makes it a collector’s piece. Together with its unique look, the pure pleasure of telling time without unnecessary embellishment or distraction comes to the fore in the Bubbleback by Rolex. The dial is reserved purely for the hands and Roman numerals, aesthetically reminiscent of the Art Deco movement. As the Bubbleback matured, however, the dial embraced more intricate detailing and style codes.

Rolex Bubbleback watches are available in Rolex Steelium (stainless steel), Rolesor (half gold, half steel) and gold varieties, depending on the wishes of its first owner. The bracelet also has a range of distinctive styles that speak to the personal histories behind each of these vintage timepieces, from steel to textured crocodile leather. Some models also feature expertly woven fabric bracelets that survive to this day.

The case and bezel also deserve special mention, as their design points to developing tastes as well as innovations in manufacturing techniques. Each bezel coveys a unique story with either a smooth, engine-turned style or hooded lugs; while the slight diameter of some Rolex Bubbleback timepieces reveal Rolex’s expansion into the ladies’ watch market in 1941.


The Heart of a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback

For those passionate about the history of timekeeping, the impressive movement in the Rolex Bubbleback is of particular interest. Featuring a balance wheel called a Super Balance that took the Auto-Rotor to new levels of performance; it’s a critical link in the evolution of automatic watches. What’s more, the precursors to Rolex’s iconic Datejust models were also Bubbleback watches, adding another layer to the legend.

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback has stood the test of time in form and function until now – and will remain an icon, well into the future.


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