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About the Rolex Bubbleback


Vintage Rolex Bubbleback

Rolex Bubbleback Reference Number(s):

1852, 1858, 1873, 2240, 2490, 2764, 2765, 2784, 2945, 3009, 3019, 3065, 3130, 3131, 3132, 3133, 3134, 3135, 3347, 3348, 3353, 3358, 3372, 3458, 3548, 3549, 3595, 3598, 3599, 3696, 3725, 3767, 3795, 3796, 3801, 3940, 3951, 4392, 4777, 4919, 4939, 4961, 5001, 5002, 5003, 5006, 5007, 5009, 5010, 5011, 5013, 5015, 5026, 5028, 5045, 5048, 5050, 5051, 5052, 5055, 5087, 5105, 5173, 5488, 6006, 6007, 6011, 6015, 6016, 6048, 6052, 6064, 6065, 6076, 6087, 6106, 6428, 8050, 8052

Years Rolex Bubbleback was Produced:

1933 - 1955

Rolex Bubbleback Nickname Origin:

During the 1930s, Rolex began fitting their watches with automatic, self-winding movements. The addition of the oscillation weight significantly increased the overall thickness of the movement, and required additional clearance for the rotor to move freely inside the case. Rather than making the entire case of the watch larger, Rolex decided to allow the caseback to protrude in a bubble-shaped fashion. Although their large, dome-shaped casebacks have earned these watches a variety of different nicknames throughout the years, the "Bubbleback" nickname is probably the most well known and commonly used today. The small diameter and relatively large overall thickness combine to make a somewhat awkward and strangely proportioned watch; however Bubblebacks represent an early and important time in Rolex’s history, when the company was first starting to refine its self-winding movements.

Rolex Bubbleback Celebrity Associations:

Ryan Gosling, Sterling Hayden, Lord Mountbatten

Unique Features for the Rolex Bubbleback

A rounded, protruding caseback, designed specifically to house Rolex’s early self-winding movements.

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