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Vintage Rolex Bubble Back 3372 Chronometer Watch
By Rolex
Located in Dublin, IE
A Rolex Stainless Steel Bubble Back Oyster Perpetual Vintage Gents Wristwatch ref;:3372 32 mm model. The silver dial with numerals and hour markers is original but shows aging. A f...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

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14k Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex 1940s Yellow Gold Automatic Bubble Back Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1948 Rolex Bubble Back Wrist Watch, 32 M.M. 3 Piece 14K Yellow Gold case with smooth Bezel, Automatic, Self Winding movement. Restored Black Dial with Radium style filled Half...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

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14k Gold

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Reference 5011, Automatic
By Rolex
Located in Antwerp, BE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Reference 5011, Automatic Reference: 5011 Movement: Automatic Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds Case: 33mm Stainless Steel & Gold plated Dial...
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20th Century Artisan Wrist Watches

Rolex Rare 1942 Bubble Back Ladies Steel Automatic Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1942 Rolex Ladies Reference 3869 Bubble Back Wrist Watch, 24 M.M. Stainless Steel 2 Piece Oyster case, original and unpolished, original Oyster Crown. Automatic, self winding ...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

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Steel

Rolex 14 Karat Yellow Gold Bubble Back, circa 1940s
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Bubble Back METAL / MATERIAL: 14kt Yellow Gold CIRCA / YEAR: 1940's DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 38mm x 32mm MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Perp...
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Vintage 1940s Art Deco Wrist Watches

Rolex Yellow Gold Bubble Back Automatic Wristwatch Ref 6075
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex Style: Bubble Back 18k Yellow Gold Wristwatch MPN: 6075 Serial Number: 600,000 serial Case Material: 18k Yellow Gold Case Diameter: 36mm Bezel: 18k Yellow Gold Fluted Be...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Rolex Stainless Steel Sub Seconds Bubble Back Watch, circa 1951
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Oyster Perpetual / "Bubble Back" METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel DIMENSIONS: 39mm X 32mm CIRCA: 1951 MOVEMENT / CALIBER: ...
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Vintage 1950s Modernist Wrist Watches

Rolex Rose Gold Stainless Steel Bubble Back Thunderbird Bezel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Bubble Back METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel & Solid Rose Gold Thunderbird Bezel DIMENSIONS: 40mm X 32mm CIRCA: 1940's MOVE...
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Vintage 1940s Art Deco Wrist Watches

1940s Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Wristwatch Steel Rose Gold Automatic
By Rolex
Located in Baden-Baden, DE
Unisex Rolex Oyster Perpetual bubble back wristwatch Stainless steel, polished and satin-finished Diameter without crown: 34 mm = circa 1.33" Height 12,8 mm = circa 0.50" B...
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Vintage 1940s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Collectible Jewelry

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Rose Gold Bubble Back Watch with Original Patinated Dial, 1930's
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
STYLE / REFERENCE: Oyster Perpetual / Ref. 4857 / Thunderbird Bezel MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Perpetual (Automatic) Winding / 17 Jewels CIRCA: 1930'S DIAL / HANDS: Original Patinated Dia...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold

Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6084 Bubble Back Yellow Gold Stainless Steel
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 6084 Serial: 905*** Year: 1952 Model: Oyster Perpetual Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Custom Black Leather Band Bezel: Yellow Gold Dia...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 2940 Bubble Back Vintage Patina Automatic Watch SS
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 2940 Bubble Back Vintage Patina Automatic Watch SS 32mm
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Vintage 1940s Contemporary Wrist Watches

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W 0.71 in. D 0.56 in. Dm 1.26 in. L 7.49 in.
Rolex Stainless Steel Bubble Back Rare Roman Dial Perpetual Wind Watch
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Bubble Back METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel DIMENSIONS: 40mm X 32mm CIRCA: 1940's MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Perpetual Winding ...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Vintage Gold Automatic Wristwatch with Bubble Back Dial
By Rolex
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1945 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Reference 6567 Wrist Watch, 34 M.M 14K yellow Gold 3 piece case with smooth bezel. Caliber 1030 Automatic, self winding Nickle lever movement, Gold ...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

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14k Gold

Rolex Ladies Yellow Gold Early Perpetual Winding 'Bubble Back' Watch, circa 1949
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: "Bubble Back" / Ref. 5002 METAL / MATERIAL: 14Kt. Yellow Gold DIMENSIONS: 29mm X 24mm CIRCA: 1949 / 1950 MOVEMENT / CALIBER: P...
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Mid-20th Century Art Deco Wrist Watches

Rolex Bubble Back Steel with Yellow Gold Bezel, Original Dial, circa 1940s
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: "Bubble Back" / Oyster Perpetual METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel / Yellow Gold Bezel DIMENSIONS: 39mm X 33mm CIRCA: 1943...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

Rolex 4467 Oyster Perpetual 18 Karat Rose Gold Bubble Back, Box and Papers
By Rolex
Located in Braintree, GB
Rolex 4467 Oyster Perpetual 18k Rose Gold Bubble Back White Dial with Leather Strap & Rolex Buckle Circa 1940's Gender: Men Model : Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback Case Diameter : 36 m...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold, 18k Gold

Rolex Steel Bubble Back with Original Dial and Ladder Bracelet, circa 1942 or 43
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Bubble Back METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel DIMENSIONS: 38mm X 32mm CIRCA: 1942 / 1943 MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Perpetual Windi...
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Vintage 1940s Art Deco Wrist Watches

Rolex Watch Co. Bubble Back 18 Karat Solid Gold Rare 3-Piece Case from 1938
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Co. STYLE / REFERENCE: Bubble Back / Reference 3131 METAL / MATERIAL: 18Kt. Solid Yellow Gold CIRCA / YEAR: 1938 DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 39mm x 32mm MOVEMENT...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Wrist Watches

Rolex Vintage 1944 Steel Automatic with Bubble Back Style Military Dial
By Rolex
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1944 Rolex Reference 6565 Wrist watch, 34 M.M. Stainless Steel 2 Piece Oyster case with Engine Turned Bezel, Caliber 1030 Automatic, self Winding movement, Rolex logo crown. Re...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

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Steel

Rolex Yellow Gold Vintage Semi Bubble Back Oyster Perpetual Manual Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
A Rare 18k Yellow Gold Semi Bubble Back Oyster Perpetual Vintage Gents Wristwatch, silvered dial with applied hour markers, a fixed 18k yellow gold coin edge bezel, a very rare origi...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Rolex Bubble Back 1950s
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Rolex 18k yellow gold bubble back with beautiful original black dial on Rolex rivet bracelet.
Rolex "Bubble Back" Stainless Steel 1940s
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Rolex oyster perpetual chronometer "Bubble Back" in stainless steel. This has an original silvered dial with Arabic luminous numbers, screw down crown & back case and automatic movem...
Rolex Stainless Steel Bubble Back Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W3281 Model: 6050 Serial: 676*** Condition: 8.5 - Good condition Age: 1951 Case Diameter: 32 mm Case Size: 32mm Box and Papers: Box Only Movement: Automatic Case: Stainless Ste...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex 18k Rose Gold Semi-Bubble Back
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
This is a beautiful Rolex oyster perpetual semi-bubble back in 18k rose gold with a original honey comb dial on a Rolex 18k rose gold rivet bracelet
Rolex Rose Gold Chronometre Bubble Back Wristwatch Ref 3065
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Rolex R18k rose gold bubble back reference 3065 with beautiful black dial and automatic movement
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Rose Gold

ROLEX Gold Filled Oyster Perpetual "Bubble Back" Ref 3696
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
This is a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Chronometer, Ref. 3696, from the 1940s. The bubble back case has a smooth bezel, screw down case back, automatic movement, and a beautiful black gil...
Rolex Rose Gold Bubble Back Transportation Dial Perpetual Wind Watch
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Bubble Back / Art Deco METAL / MATERIAL: 18 Kt Solid Rose Gold DIMENSIONS: 39mm X 32mm CIRCA: 1940's MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Perp...
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Vintage 1940s Art Deco Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

ROLEX Rare Two-Tone Bubble Back Retailed by Serpico y Laino
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
A rare pink gold and stainless steel Ref. 3065 hooded Bubble Back. This Ref. 3065 is especially rare for its Serpico y Laino signed dial, originally sold by the Venezuelan luxury ret...
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18k Gold

Rolex Watch Company Stainless Steel Gold Bezel Bubble Back Watch
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Bubble Back / 3133 / Oyster Perpetual METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel / Gold Bezel DIMENSIONS: 39mm X 33mm CIRCA: 1948 M...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

Rolex Stainless Steel Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Wristwatch Ref 6332
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Co. STYLE / REFERENCE: 6332 MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Oyster Perpetual "Bubble Back" DIAL / HANDS: Restored Dial DIMENSIONS: 33mm X 42mm ATTACH...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Men's Ref. 4021, Automatic Winding
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Men's Ref. 4021 - Automatic winding. 14K Yellow case (33.5 mm) Caseback monogrammed. Silver dial with Arabic numerals. Black Rolex strap wi...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Yellow Gold Oyster Perpetual Square Bubble Back Wristwatch Ref 4643
By Rolex
Located in Stamford, CT
Rare original Rolex reference 4643 1940’s square bubble back officially certified Chronometer solid 18k gold case with stepped sides. Movement size AR. 18k Rolex buckle. Beautiful go...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back 3372 Men’s Automatic Watch 18 Karat YG
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Vintage Collection Reference #:3372. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back 3372 Mens Automatic Watch 18K YG 32mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Rare Vintage Semi Bubble Back Oyster Perpetual Coin Edge Bezel Watch
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
A Rare 36mm 1951 18k Yellow Gold Semi Bubble Back Oyster Perpetual Vintage Gents Wristwatch, silvered dial with applied hour markers, a fixed 18k yellow gold coin edge bezel, a very ...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Bubble Back 5015 Unpolished Men's Automatic Vintage Watch 14 Karat Gold
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Bubble Back 5015 Unpolished Mens Automatic Vintage Watch 14K Gold 32mm
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Vintage 1950s Modern Wrist Watches

ROLEX Rare "Bubble Back" Sold by SERPICO Y LAINO
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
A rare pink gold & stainless steel ref. 3065 "Bubble Back". This ref. 3065 especially rare for its "SERPICO Y LAINO" signed dial, originally sold by the Venezuelan luxury retailer in...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Stainless Steel

Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Men's Ref. 3716
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Men's Ref. 3716 - Automatic winding. Polished stainless steel case (32 mm). White Arabic and raised numeral hour markers ; subseconds and c...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Stainless Steel Oyster Bubble Back Perpetual Winding Watch
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Bubble Back / Romabic METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel DIMENSIONS: 39mm X 32mm CIRCA: 1943-45 MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Perpetu...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

Rolex Stainless Steel Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Wristwatch Ref 2764
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Co. STYLE / REFERENCE: Oyster Perpetual, Ref. 2764 MOVEMENT / CALIBER: 17 Jewels, Cal. N.A. Perpetual DIAL / HANDS: Restored Dial, Luminous Blued Stee...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

Rolex Stainless Steel Bubble-Back, Oyster Perpetual, Chronometer, Ref. 2940
By Rolex
Located in Firenze, IT
BERNARDO ANTICHITÀ PONTE VECCHIO FLORENCE Made in the 1940s. Fine, tonneau-shaped, center seconds, self-winding, waterresistant, stainless steel wristwatch. Case two-body, polished...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel, Steel

Rolex Model 5050 Perpetual Bubble Back Stainless Steel Men's Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Mount Kisco, NY
Rolex Model 5050 Perpetual Bubble Back Stainless Steel Men's Wrist Watch. Post WWII style and in very fine condition with fresh genuine crocodile strap, 32mm screw down case, acryli...
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Vintage 1950s Retro Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Vintage Steel Automatic Wristwatch with Bubble Back Style Dial
By Rolex
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1960 Rolex Reference 1002, 34 MM Stainless Steel 2 piece Stainless Steel case with smooth steel bezel and Rolex logo crown. Caliber 1560 Automatic, self winding movement. Custo...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

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Steel

Early 1930s Rolex Bubble Back Stainless Steel with Sweep Seconds Watch
By Rolex
Located in Carlisle, GB
This early and rare Pre-own Manual winding Rolex Watch is working and it is running well. The dial shows signs of used and ageing as shown. The black strap is worn as shown. Please ...
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Vintage 1930s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Rose Gold Stainless Steel Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Strap Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Stamford, CT
Rolex bubble back 1944 with deep pink, almost red, gold bezel and beautiful black dial with mixed Roman numerals and numbers. The dial is either original or an early authentic Rolex ...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold, Steel

Rolex Watch Company Rose Gold Stainless Steel Bubble Back Automatic Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: "Bubble Back" Ref. 4392 METAL: Solid Rose Gold Bezel and Case / Stainless Steel Back CIRCA: 1940's MOVEMENT / CALIB...
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Antique Early 1900s Art Deco Wrist Watches

Rolex Stainless Steel Perpetual Original Dial Bubble Back Watch, 1953 / 1954
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Oyster Perpetual / Ref. 6084 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel DIMENSIONS: 39mm X 33mm CIRCA: 1953 / 54 MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Pe...
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Vintage 1950s Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Yellow Gold Stainless Steel Bubble Back Oyster Perpetual Watch, 1950
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Oyster Perpetual / Ref. 6084 METAL / MATERIAL: Two Tone / 14Kt. & Stainless Steel DIMENSIONS: 39mm X 34mm CIRCA: 1950/51 M...
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Mid-20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Stainless Steel Bubble Back Rare Sector Dial Perpetual Winding Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Oyster Perpetual / Bubble Back METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel DIMENSIONS: 39mm X 32mm CIRCA: 1944/45 MOVEMENT / CALIBE...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

Rolex Vintage Steel Automatic Wristwatch with California Bubble Back Style Dial
By Rolex
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1959 Rolex Reference 5500, 34 M.M. 3 Piece Stainless Steel Oyster Case with smooth bezel. Caliber 1530 Automatic, self winding movement. Custom two tone White and Copper "Cal...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Vintage Steel Automatic Wristwatch with Bubble Back Dial
By Rolex
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1969 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Reference 6532 Wrist Watch, 34 M.M Stainless Steel 3 piece case with smooth bezel. Caliber 1030 Automatic, self winding movement. Custom Rose and B...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

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Steel

Vintage Rolex Datejust 6105 Bubble Back Ovettone 18 Karat Gold and Stainless
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 6105 Model: Datejust Case: Stainless Steel Band: Custom Leather Band Bezel: 18K Yellow Gold Dial: White Face: Acrylic Case Size: 36mm Includes: -Elegan...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Midsize Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref.3372 Bubble Back Automatic, c.1940s LV942
By Rolex
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Timeless classic, men's 14k gold and stainless steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual ref.3372 bubble back automatic, c.1944. Verified authentic by a master watchmaker. Gorgeous vintage Rolex ...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

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14k Gold

Rolex 14 Karat Gold Art Deco Bubble Back Wristwatch with Legendary Romabic Dial
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Bubbel back / Ref. 3131 METAL / MATERIAL: 14Kt. Yellow Gold CIRCA: 1946 / 1947 DIMENSIONS: 39mm X 33mm MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Per...
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Mid-20th Century Art Deco Wrist Watches

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14k Gold

Rolex Stainless Steel with Rare Full Size Bubble Back Movement from 1951 or 1952
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Oyster Perpetual Super Oyster / 6084 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel CIRCA / YEAR: 1951 / 1952 DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 40mm X 34...
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Mid-20th Century Art Deco Wrist Watches

Bubble Back Rolex For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact bubble back rolex you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Every item for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using Gold, 18k Gold and Stainless Steel. Our collection of these items for sale includes 87 vintage editions and 1 modern creations to choose from as well. Making the right choice when shopping for a bubble back rolex may mean carefully reviewing examples of this item dating from different eras — you can find an early iteration of this piece from the 20th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 21st Century, both of which have proven very popular over the years. If you’re browsing our inventory for a bubble back rolex, you’ll find that many are available today for men, but there are still pieces to choose from for unisex and women.

How Much is a Bubble Back Rolex?

Prices for a bubble back rolex can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $2,128 and can go as high as $39,897, while this accessory, on average, fetches $5,200.

Rolex Biography and Important Works

While the rise in popularity of vintage Rolex watches is of no surprise to aficionados, collectors and industry experts, when it comes to contemporary luxury wristwatches, Rolex is also often the first brand that springs to mind. Not only is the company revered for its precision timekeeping and impeccable craftsmanship, but its name was designed to be memorable.

Rolex's enviable worldwide recognition can be credited in part to the genius of company founder Hans Wilsdorf. When the German-born watch dealer and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis, set up their London enterprise, in 1905, they called it Wilsdorf & Davis, according to the traditional formula.

But Wilsdorf was determined to come up with another name that was short, would look good on a watch dial and was easy to say and remember in several languages. In 1908, he trademarked the name Rolex, and by 1920, he had moved the company to Geneva and redubbed it as Montres Rolex S.A.

But the main reasons for the brand’s success are its aforementioned commitment to precision and unflagging pursuit of innovation. In 1926, the company introduced the aptly named Oyster model. With a screw-down crown and case back, both fitted with rubber gaskets, this was the first truly waterproof watch.

Five years later, Rolex upped the ante with the Oyster Perpetual. That model’s patented Perpetual movement contained a rotor mechanism enabling it to self-wind. In another trendsetting move, in 1945, the brand debuted the Datejust, with a date window prominently displayed on the dial.

The company’s two most iconic models are sports watches. Although the Submariner, which debuted in 1953, was developed as a dive watch, its waterproof case, solid construction and good looks made it a favorite of adventurers and urbanites alike, including James Bond, who wore it in classics like Dr. No and Goldfinger. The Daytona, the racing chronograph made famous by Paul Newman, is especially sought after by collectors. Newman’s personal Daytona, which hit the auction block in 2017, sold for $17.8 million.

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