1946 Rolex Vintage Mens Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback Watch, Ref. 3131 - 14K Rose Gold


Item No. 5952

Today's offering showcases this wonderful all-original ref. 3131 Bubbleback made circa 1946. Produced from 1939 to 1946, these exclusive watches are very fine and desirable.

Housed in one of Rolex's first water-tight Oyster cases, this wristwatch originally offered its owner complete protection against water and dust. Inside the ruggedly elegant case Rolex place an early self-winding Perpetual movement, keeping the watch powered by movements of the wrist.

Equipped with nineteen jewels, a self-compensating Breguet mainspring, and the company's patented Super-Balance system for greater accuracy, this fine watch the timekeeping standards of discriminating owners.

What separates this watch from other Bubblebacks its it beautiful all original condition. It parts are fully original down to all hands and its Rolex + Oyster winding crown. The dial was restored in vintage times.

The case has nice thick lugs which have not been over polished.

Our watchmaker has just freshly cleaned and oiled the movement which winds smoothly and is keeping accurate time.

For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a new Teju lizard strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.

Please note: A published example of this model can be found in Osvaldo Patrizzi's work Rolex, Collecting Wristwatches, 2001 Edition, Guido Mondani editor, Vol. 1, p. 214.

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Year built: c. 1946
  • Serial no.: 473,978
  • Movement no.: N-38085
  • Model: Reference 3131
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Sweep seconds
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: 14K rose gold
  • Case markings (inside): Rolex, 3131, 14K Gold, Geneve Swiss, Patented
  • Case markings (outside): Personalized with initials and social security number as was common to do during the time period
  • Case condition: Near mint and not overpolished. All markings are still crisp.
  • Dimensions: 32mm wide (excluding crown), 39mm long lug tip-to-tip, 14mm thick
  • Dial: Light silver, luminous Arabic indexes, signed Rolex Oyster Perpetual Officially Certified Chronometer, restored in vintage times, presents nicely
  • Hands: Original, blue steel luminous "batons" hour and minute hands, gold counterweighted seconds hand
  • Movement type: Signed Rolex, self-winding, self-compensating Breguet hairspring, Super-Balance system
  • Movement markings: Rolex Perpetual, Chronometer, Super-Balance, Swiss Made, Patented
  • Jewels: 19 rubies
  • Band: Genuine Teju lizard, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn. We also stock lizard and a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
  • Width between lugs: 17.5mm
  • Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition
  • Serviced: Yes. freshly cleaned and oiled.
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
  • Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email concierge@cotwatches.com for details.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
  • Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our client's expectations throughout the buying experience.

All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail, and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier. International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.

The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed to be waterproof.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide


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