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Rolex Bubbleback 6285 with White Honeycomb Dial
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Rolex Bubbleback 6285 with White Honeycomb Dial
$4,900
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Private seller
 
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Rolex Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back 2940
Rolex Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back 2940
$2,609
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Phigora
73
US
Rolex Rare Vintage Bubbleback / Radium Dial / Steel / Ca.1940
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Rolex Rare Vintage Bubbleback / Radium Dial / Steel / Ca.1940
$4,779
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VintageCaliber GmbH
32
DE
Rolex Bubbleback Oyster Perpetual 18k pink Gold Vintage 1947
Rolex Bubbleback Oyster Perpetual 18k pink Gold Vintage 1947
$5,100
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Sea Wave Diamonds
70
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6085 Gilt Gloss Bubble Back 18k Yellow...
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6085 Gilt Gloss Bubble Back 18k Yellow...
$5,900
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Private seller
 
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Rolex Oyster BubbleBack, 3131, Mens, 14K Gold, Vintage, Cream...
Rolex Oyster BubbleBack, 3131, Mens, 14K Gold, Vintage, Cream...
$4,795
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Estates Consignments
 
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Rolex Bubble Back
Rolex Bubble Back
$5,900
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Empire Diamond Corporation
 
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback
$24,995
Free shipping
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AJ Watches
44
US
Rolex Vintage 10k  Oyster Perpetual Chronometer Automatic Watch
Rolex Vintage 10k Oyster Perpetual Chronometer Automatic Watch
$3,500
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Fashion Ace, Inc
6
US
Rolex Bubble back
Rolex Bubble back
$6,500
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Timekeepers
 
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Rolex Vintage Rolex Bubble Back 3130 Cartier Dial
Rolex Vintage Rolex Bubble Back 3130 Cartier Dial
$3,999
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Phigora
73
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6084 14k Gold Bubble Back 34mm 1957-8
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6084 14k Gold Bubble Back 34mm 1957-8
$4,095
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Quality Diamonds
 
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Rolex Vintage Rare Rolex Mid size Oyster Perpetual Ref 3348
Rolex Vintage Rare Rolex Mid size Oyster Perpetual Ref 3348
$5,950
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DeMesy Fine Watches
8
US
Rolex Oyster - Perpetual / 2-Tone / 6084
Rolex Oyster - Perpetual / 2-Tone / 6084
$2,900
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Sea Wave Diamonds
70
US
Rolex Viceroy Ref. 3358
Rolex Viceroy Ref. 3358
$3,600
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Second Time Around Watch Company
22
US
Rolex Vintage Hooded Bubbleback Steel Gold Watch 3065
Rolex Vintage Hooded Bubbleback Steel Gold Watch 3065
$7,900
Free shipping
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SwissWatchExpo
13
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Rolex Bubbleback 2940 Automatic Stainless 32mm Circa 1945 Watch
Rolex Bubbleback 2940 Automatic Stainless 32mm Circa 1945 Watch
$2,800
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Time Source
8
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Rolex 14K Big Bubbleback Barell Award
Rolex 14K Big Bubbleback Barell Award
$4,450
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Pieces Of time, LLC
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Rolex Bubble Back
Rolex Bubble Back
$6,000
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Timekeepers
 
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Rolex Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual 18k Rose Gold 3131 Bubble...
Rolex Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual 18k Rose Gold 3131 Bubble...
$3,509
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Phigora
73
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback Stainless Steel
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback Stainless Steel
$2,995
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AJ Watches
44
US
Rolex Vintage Rolex Yellow Gold Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback...
Rolex Vintage Rolex Yellow Gold Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback...
$4,950
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DeMesy Fine Watches
8
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Rolex Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Stainless...
Rolex Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Stainless...
$2,399
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Sumpters Jewelry
8
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Rolex Bubbleback Ref. 2940
Rolex Bubbleback Ref. 2940
$4,250
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Second Time Around Watch Company
22
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Rolex Bubble Back
Rolex Bubble Back
$5,135
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Vintage Watch: Fabsuisse
18
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Rolex Vintaged 14k Bubble Back Automatic Watch 1940s Ref 3131
Rolex Vintaged 14k Bubble Back Automatic Watch 1940s Ref 3131
$4,999
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Fashion Ace, Inc
6
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Rolex Vintage Original Ref. 3372 14k Solid Yellow Gold Bubble...
Rolex Vintage Original Ref. 3372 14k Solid Yellow Gold Bubble...
$2,745
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Collectors1946
29
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Rolex 6075 Bubble Back 18k  Gold  Watch
Rolex 6075 Bubble Back 18k Gold Watch
$19,995
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Raymond Lee Jewelers
 
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Rolex Vintage Stainless Steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble...
Rolex Vintage Stainless Steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble...
$1,999
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Phigora
73
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Rolex Silver & Pink Gold Oyster Perpetual ref 6085
Rolex Silver & Pink Gold Oyster Perpetual ref 6085
$4,800
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Matthew Bain Inc
5
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Rolex Vintage Bubbleback
Rolex Vintage Bubbleback
$4,500
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Phil Abrams Fine Jewelry
 
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Vintage 14k Yellow Gold Bubble Back...
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Vintage 14k Yellow Gold Bubble Back...
$3,175
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Element iN Time NYC
60
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 6085
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 6085
$3,300
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Second Time Around Watch Company
22
US
Rolex Bubble Back
Rolex Bubble Back
$6,975
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Vintage Watch: Fabsuisse
18
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Rolex Oyster Chronometer
Rolex Oyster Chronometer
$4,995
Free shipping
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AJ Watches
44
US
Rolex Bubbleback 3131, Rose Gold
Rolex Bubbleback 3131, Rose Gold
$4,750
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Private seller
 
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Rolex Vintage Super Balanced Oyster Perpetual 6085
Rolex Vintage Super Balanced Oyster Perpetual 6085
$2,600
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Cavalieri Jewelry and Watch llc.
56
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Rolex Bubbleback 18k Yellow Gold Vintage Watch 3131g Box Papers
Rolex Bubbleback 18k Yellow Gold Vintage Watch 3131g Box Papers
$4,990
Free shipping
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SwissWatchExpo
13
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Rolex Bubble Chronometer 18k G-p Steel Unisex Watch W/ Black...
Rolex Bubble Chronometer 18k G-p Steel Unisex Watch W/ Black...
$2,870
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Natiluxia LLC
14
US
Rolex 1949 Bubbleback Oyster Perpetual - Stainless Steel -...
Rolex 1949 Bubbleback Oyster Perpetual - Stainless Steel -...
$2,200
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Princeton Watches
 
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Vintage Bubble Back 9k Rose Gold Circa...
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Vintage Bubble Back 9k Rose Gold Circa...
$4,695
Seller
Element iN Time NYC
60
US
Rolex Bubbleback Ref. 3133
Rolex Bubbleback Ref. 3133
$4,750
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Second Time Around Watch Company
22
US
Rolex Bubble Back 18k Yellow Gold Vintage
Rolex Bubble Back 18k Yellow Gold Vintage
$3,395
Seller
Sansom Watches
22
US
Rolex Ref. 394060
Rolex Ref. 394060
Price on request
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Tarrytown Jewelers
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Rolex Ovetto Bubbleback 3372
Rolex Ovetto Bubbleback 3372
Price on request
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Vintage Watches Miami
 
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Rolex 2319 Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback 18k & Stainless...
Rolex 2319 Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback 18k & Stainless...
Price on request
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Robert Maron, Inc.
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Rolex Bubble Back 3869
Rolex Bubble Back 3869
$2,370
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Gray & Sons
 
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Rolex "Oyster Perpetual" Semi Bubbleback Non Date.
Rolex "Oyster Perpetual" Semi Bubbleback Non Date.
$2,390
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Capetown Diamond Corporation
 
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Rolex Bubble Back
Rolex Bubble Back
$3,500
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DIAMOND AND JEWELRY GALLERY
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Rolex Bubble Back 14k Yellow Gold Arabic numerals dial gold
Rolex Bubble Back 14k Yellow Gold Arabic numerals dial gold
Price on request
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Prime Time Canada
CA
Rolex Super Oyster Ref. 6084
Rolex Super Oyster Ref. 6084
$12,500
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Second Time Around Watch Company
22
US
Rolex HOODED BUBBLEBACK 3065 2-Tone Pink Gold with Creamy Dial
Rolex HOODED BUBBLEBACK 3065 2-Tone Pink Gold with Creamy Dial
$16,500
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Alex Pig Timepieces
38
HK
Rolex - Oyster Perpetual Bubble-back - 6284 - Men - 1957
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Rolex - Oyster Perpetual Bubble-back - 6284 - Men - 1957
$5,137
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Catawiki BV
 
Rolex Bubble Back 2940 Matte Black Dial
Rolex Bubble Back 2940 Matte Black Dial
Price on request
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Vintage Watches Miami
 
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Rolex 4049 Bubble Back Snap Back Steel Case
Rolex 4049 Bubble Back Snap Back Steel Case
Price on request
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Robert Maron, Inc.
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Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL CHRONOMETER 18K GOLD HONEYCOMB WABENBLATT
Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL CHRONOMETER 18K GOLD HONEYCOMB WABENBLATT
$9,546
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Timeless Watches GmbH
104
DE
Rolex Steel & Rose Gold Bubble Back Oyster Perpetual...
Rolex Steel & Rose Gold Bubble Back Oyster Perpetual...
$5,694
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
82
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual "Bubble Back"
Rolex Oyster Perpetual "Bubble Back"
$4,779
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Le Collection´heure
49
BE
Rolex Bubble Back Rosegold 3130
Rolex Bubble Back Rosegold 3130
$5,962
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CologneWatchCenter
121
DE
Rolex Bubbleback Ref. 2940
Rolex Bubbleback Ref. 2940
$4,200
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Second Time Around Watch Company
22
US

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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