Introduced in 1933 and produced long into the late 1940s, the Rolex Bubbleback saw countless variations of itself produced with various metals used and paired with one another, an exhaustive array of dial configurations and bracelets and straps utilized over its storied past. Featuring some distinctive hooded case designs and constructed from everything such as stainless steel, steel and gold, rose gold, and various weights of yellow gold, the Bubbleback was even powered by both, manual wind and automatic movements in the 1930’s such was its eclectic design history. As a result, the Rolex Bubbleback watches represent a very different Rolex than the sophisticated and clean brand that they have come to be in the last decade or so. Featuring a mix of designs for their luminous indexes and hands over the years, the Bubbleback models have come to signify a select period in Rolex’s history that collectors enjoy paying homage to in their collections. With their eponymous bubbled caseback, the Bubbleback still forms the linchpin of anyone’s collection that wants to pay homage to Rolex’s once quirky design language while owning a timepiece that is seldom seen today in the modern horological landscape.
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Est. value range
$5,000 – $8,000
The overall condition is very good. Original black dial is in good condition, with original radium indexes and hands. Minute hand is cracked and there is some loose debris under the crystal. Dial shows wear due to radium burn and age. Case and bracelet are in excellent original condition. Very light surface abrasions present throughout the expandable rivet band. Band has 11 links in total. Crown has a small dent on the surface edge as shown in the pictures.
A beautifully designed watch with its engine-turned bezel, bubbleback, expandable bracelet, and radium luminous numerals, this Rolex ref. 3372 will certainly make for a unique addition to any collection.