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Rolex Bubble Back 24mm
Rolex DAU, Bubble Back, 750/-, Automatic, Ref. 5003
S$ 11,137
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40
DE
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 34mm White No numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6084 Bi-Metal Vintage Just Serviced...
S$ 7,159
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196
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm
Rolex Oyster Perpetual "bubble Back" 3372 Stainless Steel
S$ 8,683
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333
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 34mm Arabic numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back 6084
S$ 4,749
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715
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 36mm Silver No numerals
Rolex Yellow Gold Semi-Bubble Back Rare Oyster Perpetual...
S$ 42,955
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781
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 36mm White No numerals
Rolex Bubbleback Ref: 6075, 18kt gold
S$ 13,430
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31
PT
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 34mm
Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL CHRONOMETER 18K GOLD HONEYCOMB WABENBLATT
S$ 13,086
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679
DE
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32mm
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Rolex Bubbleback 14K Pink Gold
S$ 6,125
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US
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 31mm Gold Arabic numerals
Rolex Vintage BUBBLE BACK Automatic Ref-3372 in 14k Rose Gold
S$ 12,087
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498
DE
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 30mm Champagne No numerals
Rolex Vintage Oyster Bubble Back 6065 in 585/- Gelbgold on...
S$ 15,231
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135
DE
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm Silver No numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Vintage mount everest Charles Evans...
S$ 9,825
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893
DE
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm
Rolex Bubble Back 34mm
S$ 6,879
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249
CH
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Silver
Rolex Bubble Back Steel case 1940
S$ 4,340
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196
IT
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 34mm Silver
Rolex Steel & Rose Gold Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Vintage 3372
S$ 8,114
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781
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm White No numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Semi-Bubbleback 6084
S$ 10,154
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31
PT
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel ca. 32mm
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Rolex Hooded Bubbleback , Werk 2940
S$ 16,320
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DE
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 29mm White No numerals
Rolex Ovetto Bubble Back
S$ 4,586
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27
CH
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold No numerals
Rolex Vintage Bubble Back Ref-3131 14k Yellow Gold Bj-1948
S$ 8,140
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498
DE
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 32mm Champagne Roman numerals
Rolex Bubble Back Gold / Steel ' 5011 ' Rare Roman Dial
S$ 5,149
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652
BE
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32mm Silver
Rolex Oyster Perpetual - Gelbgold - Armband aus Leder - 32mm -...
S$ 8,105
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1822
DE
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm White
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback 6332
S$ 5,732
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114
IT
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 36mm White No numerals
Rolex Big Bubbleback 6105 Rare left hand 1951 Swiss
Price on request
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196
IT
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 34mm Silver
Rolex Rose Gold Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback 5048
S$ 13,268
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781
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 31mm
Rolex Bubble Back
S$ 15,988
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33
JP
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 33mm Silver
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Rolex 'bubbleback', Ref. 2910 Stainless Steel Wristwatch With...
S$ 2,994
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Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 34mm
Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL CHRONOMETER 18K GOLD HONEYCOMB WABENBLATT
S$ 9,810
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679
DE
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 34mm Silver No numerals
Rolex Vintage Oyster Perpetual Ref-6085 14 Yellow Gold Bj-1961
S$ 8,058
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498
DE
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel 31mm Champagne
Rolex JUNIORSPORT von 1939 Edelstahl Handaufzug Rarität 31 mm
S$ 3,274
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1040
DE
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm White No numerals Singapore
Rolex Oyster Perpetual "red", watch only.
S$ 8,534
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32
SG
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 2940
S$ 6,142
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858
NL
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm White No numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6285 Demi Bubbleback HoneyComb Dial
S$ 6,879
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196
IT
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm
Rolex Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6084 Bubble Back Yellow...
S$ 4,536
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276
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 34mm White No numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual honeycomb Dial Gold
S$ 7,779
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1958
NL
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Champagne Roman numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback Hooded Lugs Vintage Steel...
S$ 13,889
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1238
US
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 36mm White No numerals
Rolex Bubble Back
S$ 21,813
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24
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32mm White Arabic numerals
Rolex Vintage Oyster Chronometre Bubble Back Ref-5015 14k...
S$ 8,140
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498
DE
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 30mm Silver Arabic numerals
Rolex Oyster Lipton Bubbleback Vintage 30mm Manual Wind - Steel
S$ 13,421
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201
US
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32mm White No numerals
Rolex Bubble Back 18k Rose Gold "Unpolished condition"
S$ 9,291
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170
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Silver
Rolex Bubble Back Ref. unknown
S$ 5,323
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858
NL
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm White Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back
S$ 6,549
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196
IT
Rolex Bubble Back Gold/Steel White
Rolex Rare 5050 c. 1949 32mm Men's Watch 18k Yellow Gold White...
S$ 6,055
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367
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 34mm White No numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual honeycomb 25 Year Ford Motors
S$ 7,943
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1958
NL
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 34mm
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Green-Aged Dial c.1953 Ref 6084
S$ 4,945
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475
UK
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 31mm Silver
Rolex OVETTO BUBBLE BACK VINTAGE 31MM IN ORO ROSA 18KT
S$ 9,008
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213
IT
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32mm Silver No numerals
Rolex Bubble Back
S$ 8,259
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17
US
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32mm
Rolex Bubble Back
S$ 9,634
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44
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32mm White Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back 14k Gold
S$ 6,600
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170
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 29mm White
Rolex Oyster Ref. 3133
S$ 7,042
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858
NL
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 36mm White No numerals
Rolex Bubble Back
S$ 15,678
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30
US
Rolex Bubble Back
Rolex Oyster bubble back automatic choronometer steel
S$ 4,340
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TR
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32mm Champagne
Rolex Hooded Bubbleback Ovetto
S$ 17,196
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IT
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32mm Gold Arabic numerals
Rolex Bubble Back 3372 Rose Gold 14Kt. Yr: 1948
S$ 4,818
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556
US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm Silver Roman numerals
Rolex 1949 Bubble Back, Stainless Steel, California Dial with...
S$ 5,437
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US
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32mm
Rolex Perpetual Bubble Back Ref. 2940 Vintage
S$ 6,879
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136
DE
Rolex Bubble Back Steel 32.2mm Silver
Rolex Bubble Back Oyster Perpetual Chronometer Military Watch...
S$ 5,505
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44
US
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 32mm No numerals
Rolex Chronometer "Bubble Back" - AS NEW
S$ 11,676
Free shipping
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204
CH
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 36mm
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble back Ref. 3131
S$ 19,325
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858
NL
Rolex Bubble Back Steel White
Rolex 1946 FULL SET 'Big Bubbleback' 36mm Oyster Ovettone -...
S$ 19,407
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89
BE
Rolex Bubble Back Yellow gold 31mm Silver Arabic numerals
Rolex Oyster Flat-Back from 1934
S$ 11,956
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34
NL
Rolex Bubble Back Rose gold 32mm White No numerals
Rolex Bubble Back 18k Rose Gold 32.5mm White Dial Vintage 1948
S$ 6,193
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188
US
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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.