Steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Ref 5050 Circa 1949 Wwropsbb V01
Steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Ref 5050 Circa 1949 Wwropsbb V02
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Steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Ref 5050 Circa 1949 Wwropsbb V03
Steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Ref 5050 Circa 1949 Wwropsbb V04
Steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Ref 5050 Circa 1949 Wwropsbb V05
Steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Ref 5050 Circa 1949 Wwropsbb V06
Steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Ref 5050 Circa 1949 Wwropsbb V01
Steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Ref 5050 Circa 1949 Wwropsbb V02
Rolex Oyster Steel Perpetual Bubble Back Ref 5050 Vintage Wristwatch Circa 1949 Wwropsbb V15
Steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Ref 5050 Circa 1949 Wwropsbb V03
Steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Ref 5050 Circa 1949 Wwropsbb V04
Steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Ref 5050 Circa 1949 Wwropsbb V05
Steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back Ref 5050 Circa 1949 Wwropsbb V06

Steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual ‘Bubble Back’ Ref. 5050 vintage wristwatch, circa 1949

A handsome stainless steel automatic centre seconds wristwatch

Following the introduction of the Oyster case in 1926, Rolex turned their attention to the development of the automatic movement. Although Rolex’s automatic rotor system was developed in 1931, it does not appear to have been introduced until the end of 1933. Indeed, the first advertisements for the models were not published until 1934.

The present watch is a lovely example of the second generation of automatic models made by Rolex. These models are known to collectors as “bubble backs” and are amongst the most iconic and collectible of all vintage Rolex watches; their domed backs, from which they gain their nickname, is rounded in order to incorporate the automatic rotor which sits above the movement’s back-plate. This watch is in very attractive condition for its age. The dial has pink gold coloured numerals and hands and a blued steel centre seconds, the dial surface has light and even oxidation across the surface. The steel case retains good definition with clean milling to the edge of the case back. Further detailed information on these highly collectible early automatic wristwatches can be found in Dowling & Hess, Rolex, The Best of Time, Schiffer Publishing, 2006, pp. 77-107.

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Technical details

Rolex calibre 630 automatically wound movement, lever escapement, 17 jewels, compensation balance, 18,000 BPH; silvered dial, raised pink gold coloured Arabic and triangular numerals, blued steel centre seconds, outer minute/seconds track; polished steel Rolex Oyster case with chamfered bezel, the tops of the lugs with satin finish, domed screw-down case back, screw-down Rolex crown; case, dial, movement and crown signed.

Measurements

Diameter excluding crown: 32mm
Length including lugs: 39mm
Depth including crystal: 14.5mm
Strap width/lug gauge: 17mm

All Black Bough watches have been fully serviced and overhauled and are sold with a one year guarantee, Black Bough fitted presentation box and detailed Black Bough certificate.

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Description

Steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual ‘Bubble Back’ Ref. 5050 vintage wristwatch, circa 1949
A handsome stainless steel automatic centre seconds vintage wristwatch

Following the introduction of the Oyster case in 1926, Rolex turned their attention to the development of the automatic movement. Although Rolex’s automatic rotor system was developed in 1931, it does not appear to have been introduced until the end of 1933. Indeed, the first advertisements for the models were not published until 1934.

The present watch is a lovely example of the second generation of automatic models made by Rolex. These models are known to collectors as “bubble backs” and are amongst the most iconic and collectible of all vintage Rolex watches; their domed backs, from which they gain their nickname, is rounded in order to incorporate the automatic rotor which sits above the movement’s back-plate. This watch is in very attractive condition for its age. The dial has pink gold coloured numerals and hands and a blued steel centre seconds, the dial surface has light and even oxidation across the surface. The steel case retains good definition with clean milling to the edge of the case back. Further detailed information on these highly collectible early automatic wristwatches can be found in Dowling & Hess, Rolex, The Best of Time, Schiffer Publishing, 2006, pp. 77-107.

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Technical details

Rolex calibre 630 automatically wound movement, lever escapement, 17 jewels, compensation balance, 18,000 BPH; silvered dial, raised pink gold coloured Arabic and triangular numerals, blued steel centre seconds, outer minute/seconds track; polished steel Rolex Oyster case with chamfered bezel, the tops of the lugs with satin finish, domed screw-down case back, screw-down Rolex crown; case, dial, movement and crown signed.

Measurements

Diameter excluding crown: 32mm
Length including lugs: 39mm
Depth including crystal: 14.5mm
Strap width/lug gauge: 17mm

All Black Bough watches have been fully serviced and overhauled and are sold with a one year guarantee, Black Bough fitted presentation box and detailed Black Bough certificate.

£2200 [SOLD]