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10/11/22
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Lot #1679

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bombe 6593 18k

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Introduction

Introduced in 1933 and produced long into the early 1950s, the Rolex Bubbleback saw countless variations of itself produced in various metals, with an exhaustive array of dial configurations and a plethora of different bracelets and straps utilized over its storied past. Perhaps one of the most elusive of these combinations is the Oyster Perpetual “bombé” or “Bombay” in English, meaning “domed.” Offered with a wide variety of dials across its several references, the Oyster Perpetual Bombay is named as such due to its incredibly unique domed lugs. Unlike the majority of Rolex’s designs, the Bombay’s eponymous lugs are accentuated through sharp bevels along their hoods and gentle slopes as they wrap around the watch and sit into its mid-case. Produced from the 1940s until the 1950s, this incredibly rare variety of the Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback is an enthusiast favorite. Examples like ours here remain incredibly hard to find, thanks to the deep appreciation collectors have for these wonderfully unique timepieces. In addition to its already rare status, our example is offered with its original 14kt yellow gold bracelet, which feature straight bar end links, a distinctive element of Rolex’s bracelets at the time.

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Grade

V 9

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Watch Only

Est. value range

$10,000 – $15,000

The Details

Brand

Rolex

Dimensions

34mm x 12mm

Model

Oyster Perpetual "Bombé"

Movement

Automatic cal. 1030

Reference

6593

Bracelet

18k yellow gold bracelet

Year

1956

Condition

Near Mint

Material

18k yellow gold

Included

Watch only

Dial Color

Champagne

THE DIAL

Featuring a stunning champagne dial with a subtle concentric brushed finish, this remarkable dial retains its arrow-shaped hour markers and elegant dauphine hands; both with their beautifully aged lume.

THE CONSTRUCTION

Easily the Bombé's most emblematic piece of design, its unique lugs taper elegantly from its case with a confident candor that gives it a significantly unique aesthetic in comparison to its Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback siblings.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

Watch is in near-mint condition. Sharp edges accentuate the curvature of the bombe lugs, with only the lightest of superficial wear visible. Crisp hallmark still visible on back of lug, there is very light scratches along the back of the lugs caused by removal of the bracelet. The gold tone dial is nearly flawless, with cream toned indexes that match the hands. Dial appears flawless with only a small area of discoloration along the edge at 4 o'clock. Watch comes fitted on a straight end piece oyster band with 12 links that exhibits very minor (if any) stretch.

Our Perspective

A special watch that we rarely come across in the modern market, the Bombay signifies the Rolex of old and their ability to explore stylistic freedoms that we don't see them tap into as often as they should anymore. We love the condition of this example, as well as the straight end oyster bracelet that it comes on.

Justin Gruenberg

Co-founder