Rolex Bubbleback 14K YG circa 1946


Great looking Rolex Bubbleback ref 3131 circa 1940’s. Featuring 32mm diameter Oyster case with screw down caseback, screw down crown, smooth dome bezel, acrylic crystal, and beautifully restored antique white dial with patina’d 1/2 Roman and 1/2 Arabic luminous indexes and matching antique luminous mercedes hands. Powered by self winding Rolex calibre NA movement with sweep seconds. Meticulouly restored by our most skilled veteran watchmaker and offered with our 1 year warranty of accurate time keeping and operation. With your choice of fine or distressed leather, or exotic skin strap.

The Bubbleback Story: Bubblebacks marked the introduction of the first successful self winding wrist watch movement. The name bubble back derives from the rounded caseback to accommodate the self winding movement. The bubble back model was introduced in 1933 and was continued well into the late 1940’s with countless variations of metal and dial configuration. Bubble backs were made in stainless steel, steel and gold, rose gold, 9K, 10K, 14K, 18K, hooded case variations, even manual wind versions in the 1930’s. The early models through the 1940’s featured dials with luminous indexes and luminous hands. Later in the 1950’s, the dials had generally less interesting small raised dial indexes and non luminous hands. While bubble backs are no longer the staple of every collection, partly due to surge in popularity of the larger sport models, the bubble back we offer here is a great looking and classic example, suitable for a man’s small or woman’s wrist.

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