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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 36mm Silver No numerals United Kingdom, London
Rolex Yellow Gold Semi-Bubble Back Rare Oyster Perpetual...
£22,500
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
645
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm No numerals
TOP
Rolex Bubble Back Vintage Rolex Bubbleback Ref 5050 Ca.1948...
£3,101
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm White Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back
£3,491
Verified Dealer
116
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 36mm White No numerals
Rolex Vintage Rolex “Ovettone 6105” Datejust
£10,141
Verified Dealer
63
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 36mm White No numerals
Rolex XL Bubbleback Ref 6099 36mm 18k Pink Gold Waffle Dial
£12,245
Verified Dealer
8
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm White United Kingdom, Glasgow
Rolex Bubble Back
£2,895
Private Seller
 
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Platinum 40mm Blue No numerals
TOP
Rolex 228206
£38,186
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm White No numerals
TOP
Rolex Bubble Back
£1,794
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Bubble Back 34mm United Kingdom, LONDON
Rolex oyster perpetual 18kt ref 6084
£4,700
Private Seller
 
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32mm
TOP
Rolex Bubbleback 14K Pink Gold
£3,471
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 34mm Silver United Kingdom, London
Rolex Steel & Rose Gold Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Vintage 3372
£4,250
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
645
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Champagne Roman numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback Hooded Lugs Vintage Steel...
£7,013
Verified Dealer
793
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 30mm Silver Arabic numerals
Rolex Oyster Lipton Bubbleback Vintage 30mm Manual Wind - Steel
£7,606
Verified Dealer
107
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm White Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back
£2,336
Private Seller
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 34.1mm White No numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref 6085 14K Gold Rare “RED OFFICIALLY”...
£5,067
Verified Dealer
184
US
Rolex Bubble Back 33mm
Rolex 6084 Semi Bubbleback Watch Alligator Skin Band Ruby Jewels
£2,570
Verified Dealer
23
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm
Rolex Oyster Date Stainless Steel Leather Strap - 6084
£1,946
Verified Dealer
16
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Black
Rolex Vintage Bubbleback Automatic Ref. 6015 Men's
£1,833
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back California Dial
£2,492
Verified Dealer
84
US
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 32mm White Arabic numerals United Kingdom, London
Rolex Steel & Rose Gold Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback 3065
£5,750
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
645
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm United Kingdom, London
Rolex Bubble Back Bi Metal
£5,995
Verified Dealer
10
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 31mm Pink
Auction
Rolex | Reference 3131 Bubbleback A Pink Gold Wristwatch,...
£2,340
Estimated price
Sotheby's
 
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 34mm Champagne Roman numerals United Kingdom, London
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback 9ct 1953 Explorer
£5,000
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
34
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 32mm
Rolex Bubbleback stell and gold 32mm
£3,783
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 33mm
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back 14k Yellow Gold Watch 6084
£2,574
Verified Dealer
137
US
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32mm Gold Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back 3372 Rose Gold Yr: 1948
£2,730
Verified Dealer
463
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm Arabic numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 6085
£2,574
Verified Dealer
196
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back Chronometer Ref.3131 18K
£6,474
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 34mm Silver United Kingdom, London
Rolex Rose Gold Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback 5048
£6,950
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
645
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 29mm Champagne United Kingdom, London
Rolex Bubble Back
£9,995
Verified Dealer
10
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32mm Pink
Auction
Rolex | Reference 3130 Oyster Perpetual 'bubbleback' Retailed...
£2,340
Estimated price
Sotheby's
 
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 34mm Champagne No numerals United Kingdom, London
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback 14ct 1955
£5,000
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
34
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32mm Gold Arabic numerals
Rolex Rose Gold Bubble Back
£4,564
Verified Dealer
84
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm Silver No numerals
Rolex Bubble Back Gold and SS
£3,393
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 33mm Champagne
Rolex Vintage 1940’s Hooded Bubbleback 14k Gold & Steel Mens...
£12,092
Verified Dealer
188
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm White No numerals
Rolex Bubble Back
£2,730
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm Silver
Rolex Bubble Back
£3,744
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32mm Champagne No numerals
Rolex Bubbleback Ref. 3131
£4,135
Verified Dealer
196
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm United Kingdom, London
Rolex Bubble Back
£2,995
Verified Dealer
10
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold Silver
Auction
Rolex | Datejust Ref 6105, Pink Gold Automatic Calendar...
£4,000
Estimated price
Sotheby's
 
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 32mm Arabic numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back
£3,897
Verified Dealer
424
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32mm White Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back 14k Gold
£4,131
Verified Dealer
84
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Silver
Rolex Oyster Perpetual "bubble Back" 3372 Stainless Steel
£4,296
Verified Dealer
274
US
Rolex Bubble Back Arabic numerals
Rolex Vintage Rare Rolex Mid size Oyster Perpetual Ref 3348...
£3,861
Verified Dealer
254
US
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 34mm White No numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual tutone original dial c. 1953-54
£3,226
Verified Dealer
63
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 36mm Grey
Rolex Datejust Ovettone 6105 Yellow Gold Mens Watch
£7,800
Verified Dealer
407
US
Rolex Bubble Back 36mm No numerals
Rolex Datejust Ovettone Ref. 6105
£5,266
Verified Dealer
196
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 33mm White
Rolex Mens Oyster Perpetual 1950s Automatic 6564 33mm Vintage...
£2,723
Verified Dealer
736
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm White Arabic numerals
Rolex 1945 Bubble Back Men's Oyster Royal 2940 Auto 32mm
£1,707
Verified Dealer
20
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm Silver
Rolex Bubble Back
£6,237
Verified Dealer
424
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm White
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Semi Bubble Back Ref. 6332 Automatic
£1,833
Verified Dealer
155
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Silver
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback
£2,773
Verified Dealer
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 34mm Silver Arabic numerals
Rolex Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Men's Ref. 4021
£3,861
Verified Dealer
254
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 36mm Black
Auction
Rolex , GOLD BUBBLE BACK WITH BLACK LACQUERED DIAL, REF. 5028
£7,801
Estimated price
Christie's
 
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Champagne Roman numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 2940 Bubble Back Vintage Patina...
£4,677
Verified Dealer
147
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm No numerals
Rolex Bubbleback Ref. 2940
£3,393
Verified Dealer
196
US
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 34mm
Rolex SS/14K YG Oyster Perpetual ref 6085 circa 1953
£3,627
Verified Dealer
127
US
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 33mm Champagne Arabic numerals
Rolex Vintage Bubbleback
£3,335
Verified Dealer
13
US
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32mm Silver
Rolex Bubble Back
£10,137
Verified Dealer
424
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm White Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back Oyster Perpetual Automatic Officially...
£2,243
Verified Dealer
155
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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