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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm
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Rolex BUBBLE BACK 2940 1946
C$ 3,728
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Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 34mm Silver
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Semi-Bubbleback Ref. 6286 in Stainless...
C$ 1,613
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 34mm Champagne No numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Waffle Yellow Gold Ref. 6085
C$ 9,408
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel
Rolex Bubble Back (C24-54)
C$ 6,518
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Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32mm Pink Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back 14kt Rose Gold
C$ 7,963
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32mm No numerals Canada, Toronto
Rolex Semi Bubble Back 14K gold certified chronometer ref 6084
C$ 3,359
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Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 34mm No numerals Canada, Toronto
Rolex Bubble Back Oyster Perpetual Certified Chronometer...
C$ 3,360
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 36mm White No numerals Canada, Montreal
Rolex Ovettone Datejust - Ref. 6105 - double red depth rating
C$ 15,250
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Silver Arabic numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback 2940
C$ 5,309
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664
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 34.1mm White No numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref 6085 14K Gold Rare “RED OFFICIALLY”...
C$ 9,536
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137
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Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32mm Silver Arabic numerals
Rolex 1946 Vintage Mens Ref. 3372 "Luxury Model" Bubbleback Watch
C$ 5,772
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184
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Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 33mm Champagne
Rolex Vintage 1940’s Hooded Bubbleback 14k Gold & Steel Mens...
C$ 20,832
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114
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 28mm
Rolex Square “Bubbleback” 18K YG circa 1950
C$ 6,048
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63
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm White Arabic numerals
Rolex Stainless Steel Bubble Back 6106
C$ 5,309
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US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 36mm
Rolex 6075 Bubble Back 18k Gold Watch
C$ 20,153
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12
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Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32mm Silver
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Vintage Bubble Back 9k Rose Gold Circa...
C$ 6,310
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341
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm White
Rolex Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back 2940
C$ 3,627
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294
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32mm Silver Arabic numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback 5015
C$ 5,981
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664
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32.3mm Silver Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back, Ref 3131, 14K Yellow Gold, Silver Dial, 1946
C$ 6,444
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137
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Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 31.5mm White Arabic numerals
Rolex 1948 Vintage Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback, 14K Gold &...
C$ 5,772
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184
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 36mm White No numerals
Rolex Bubble Back 6084 Vintage Automatic Men's Watch Tropical...
C$ 5,235
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103
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Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 34mm White
Rolex SS/14K YG Oyster Perpetual ref 6085 circa 1953
C$ 6,250
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63
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Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 34mm Silver
Rolex Vintage Rolex Bubbleback 6084 Men's Watch in 14kt...
C$ 5,712
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135
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 34mm White No numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Model 6084
C$ 6,397
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5
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold Silver
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Honey Comb 6085 Vintage Mens Watch
C$ 12,029
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450
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 36mm White
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 5026 Bubble Back Watch
C$ 12,498
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294
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 36mm No numerals
Rolex Datejust Ovettone Ref. 6105
C$ 12,970
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148
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Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 32mm
Rolex Bubbleback stell and gold 32mm
C$ 6,518
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Champagne
Rolex Men's Oyster Royal 2940 Bubbleback Automatic, c.1946...
C$ 5,369
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553
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 36mm Silver No numerals
Rolex Bubble Back 6107 Mens Automatic Vintage Watch Silver...
C$ 4,160
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103
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32mm White No numerals
Rolex Bubble Back
C$ 5,309
Private Seller
 
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 24.5mm
Rolex Lady Square “Bubbleback” 18K YG circa 1950
C$ 6,048
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63
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Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32mm Champagne
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble back
C$ 4,973
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296
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel White Arabic numerals
Rolex Vintage 1953 Rolex 6085 Semi-bubbleback 3,6,9 Dial
C$ 3,158
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold Silver
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Honey Comb 6085 Vintage Mens Watch
C$ 10,416
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450
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 34mm White No numerals
Rolex Bubble Back
C$ 4,832
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Silver Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubbleback Ref. 2940
C$ 5,510
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148
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Vintage Bubble Back Ref. 2940
C$ 11,424
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50
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm White
Rolex Bubble Back 3133 Mens Automatic Vintage Watch 18k Yg 32mm
C$ 4,697
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103
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Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32.5mm Silver Arabic numerals
Rolex Solid 14k Rose Gold Bubble Back Automatic Watch 1940s...
C$ 7,176
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Rolex Bubble Back 33mm
Rolex Hooded Bubble Back 14k Gold/Steel Ref. 3065
C$ 13,406
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50
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32mm Champagne Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back
C$ 5,375
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US
Rolex Bubble Back 33mm
Rolex Vintage 6084 Oyster Perpetual 1952 14K Gold Bubbleback...
C$ 6,100
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553
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold Black
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Rolex | Ref 5015 'bubbleback', A Yellow Gold Automatic Center...
C$ 13,440
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Sotheby's
 
Rolex Bubble Back 33mm
Rolex 6084 Semi Bubbleback Watch Alligator Skin Band Ruby Jewels
C$ 4,697
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14
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubbleback Ref. 3133
C$ 6,384
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148
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel White
Rolex Vintage Semi Bubble Back Ovettone Oyster Perpetual 5028
C$ 26,208
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50
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32mm Silver
Rolex Bubbleback 3131 Mens Automatic Vintage Watch 18k Yellow...
C$ 5,369
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103
US
Rolex Bubble Back 32mm
Rolex Bubble Back
C$ 6,586
Private Seller
 
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Silver
Rolex 1940 Rare Vintage Stainless Steel Gentlemen's 2764
C$ 11,507
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US
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 32mm Silver Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back Vintage Chronometer Hooded 3065 Automatic 14k
C$ 12,096
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72
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Rolex Bubble Back Steel 33mm White
Rolex Mens Oyster Perpetual Automatic ref.6564 c.1958 Vintage...
C$ 4,445
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553
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold Silver
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Rolex | Ref 3372, Retailed By Serpico Y Laino: A Yellow Gold...
C$ 9,408
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Sotheby's
 
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 36mm
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback
C$ 33,593
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297
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm No numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 6085
C$ 4,502
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148
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 33mm
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back 14k Yellow Gold Watch 6084
C$ 4,435
Verified Dealer
94
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32mm Silver
Rolex Bubble Back 5015 Unpolished Mens Automatic Vintage Watch...
C$ 5,638
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103
US
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 36mm
Rolex Vintage S/Steel & 18k Bubble Back Automatic Watch Ref...
C$ 9,407
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 34mm Silver Arabic numerals
Rolex Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Men's Ref. 4021
C$ 6,653
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135
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Yellow No numerals
Rolex Oyster - Perpetual / 2-Tone / 6084
C$ 4,166
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248
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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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