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Rolex 1940s Bubbleback - Oyster Perpetual Chronometer
£3,250
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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
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754
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Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 34mm White No numerals United Kingdom, Manchester
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6084 Bi-Metal Vintage Just Serviced...
£3,750
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 36mm White No numerals
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Rolex Bubble Back 3131 Jumbo ''Gold Capped''
£3,015
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm White No numerals United Kingdom, London
Rolex Bubble Back 5011 Automatic 1949 32mm Men’s Watch
£2,975
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311
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Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32mm Champagne Roman numerals United Kingdom, London
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback 14ct Pink Gold 1948
£6,800
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32mm White Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back 14k Gold
£3,572
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158
US
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32mm Champagne
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble back
£2,756
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661
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Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32mm
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Rolex Bubbleback 14K Pink Gold
£3,315
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 36mm White No numerals
Rolex Vintage Rolex “Ovettone 6105 Serpico Y Laino” Datejust
£19,742
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71
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Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 34mm Silver United Kingdom, London
Rolex Rose Gold Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback 5048
£6,950
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754
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 31mm Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubbleback 2940
£3,166
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9
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 36mm White No numerals
Rolex Bubble Back
£8,485
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29
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Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32mm White No numerals
Rolex Bubble Back 18k Rose Gold 32.5mm White Dial Vintage 1948
£3,352
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170
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Champagne Roman numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback Hooded Lugs Vintage Steel...
£7,517
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1108
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Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32mm White No numerals
Rolex Bubble Back 18k Rose Gold "Unpolished condition"
£5,029
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158
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Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32mm
Rolex Bubble Back
£5,214
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38
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm White Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back
£1,859
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Silver Roman numerals
Rolex 1949 Bubble Back, Stainless Steel, California Dial with...
£3,345
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32mm Champagne Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back
£3,664
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm White No numerals
Rolex Bubble Back
£2,980
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Silver Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back
£1,676
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Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 34mm Silver United Kingdom, London
Rolex Steel & Rose Gold Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Vintage 3372
£4,250
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754
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Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32mm Gold Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back 3372 Rose Gold 14Kt. Yr: 1948
£2,607
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538
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Silver Arabic numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback 32mm Leather Swiss Automatic...
£2,648
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327
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Rolex Bubble Back 32.4mm Pink
Rolex Vintage 1944 Rolex Bubble Back Oyster Perpetual Chronome...
£2,979
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38
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 36mm White No numerals
Rolex Datejust 6105 Stainless Steel 36mm watch
£3,721
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69
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Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32mm Silver No numerals
Rolex Bubbleback Ref. 5050
£5,811
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224
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel Brown
Rolex Bubbleback SS Automatic Chronometer Ref. 6015
£2,216
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74
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Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 32mm
Rolex Midsiz Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref.3372 32mm Bubble Back...
£4,044
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781
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 36mm Grey
Rolex Datejust Ovettone 6105 Yellow Gold Mens Watch
£7,449
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481
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Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 34mm White No numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual tutone original dial c. 1953-54
£3,080
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75
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 30mm Silver Arabic numerals
Rolex Oyster Lipton Bubbleback Vintage 30mm Manual Wind - Steel
£7,263
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170
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6106 Semi Bubble Back Stainless Steel...
£3,721
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111
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32.2mm Silver
Rolex Bubble Back Oyster Perpetual Chronometer Military Watch...
£2,979
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38
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Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 30mm Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back 18k rose gold 30mm watch
£9,312
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69
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubbleback Ref. 2940
£3,203
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224
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 29mm Champagne United Kingdom, London
Rolex Bubble Back
£9,995
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12
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Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel White
Rolex Rare 5050 c. 1949 32mm Men's Watch 18k Yellow Gold White...
£3,277
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314
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold Silver
Rolex Oyster Perpetual BUBBLE 5011 CHRONOMETER 32mm 18K Yellow...
£4,041
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Champagne Roman numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 2940 Bubble Back Vintage Patina...
£4,466
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32mm White
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback Automatic Officially...
£2,216
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 33.5mm Black
Rolex Vintage OYSTER PERPETUAL Bubble Back Automatic Watch...
£3,721
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39
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Pink Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back
£2,979
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38
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Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 32mm Arabic numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back
£3,721
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516
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm
Rolex Bubbleback Ref. 2940
£3,539
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224
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm United Kingdom, London
Rolex Bubble Back
£2,995
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12
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 34mm Silver Arabic numerals
Rolex Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Men's Ref. 4021
£3,688
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333
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 36mm White No numerals
Rolex Datejust Bubble Back
£6,119
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14
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Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel ca. 32mm
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Rolex Hooded Bubbleback , Werk 2940
£8,837
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Rolex Bubble Back 24mm
Rolex DAU, Bubble Back, 750/-, Automatic, Ref. 5003
£6,030
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36
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Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 31mm Silver
Rolex OVETTO BUBBLE BACK VINTAGE 31MM IN ORO ROSA 18KT
£4,877
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196
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 34.1mm
Rolex Vintage 1950 Rolex 14k Gold Big Bubble Back OysterPerpet...
£3,724
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38
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32mm
Rolex Oyster Chronometer
£3,721
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516
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubbleback Ref. 3372
£3,241
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224
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm United Kingdom, London
Rolex Bubble Back Bi Metal
£5,995
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12
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm White
Rolex Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Stainless Steel Men's...
£2,943
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333
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back
£2,217
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161
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Silver
Rolex Bubble Back Ref. unknown
£2,882
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805
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 35mm Silver No numerals
Rolex Super Oyster, Genève
£5,010
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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.