Item No. 5066
Today's offering showcases this classic Ref. 2940 Bubbleback made circa 1944 and presented in 1946.
A true piece of history, this watch is inscribed "Official 1946 European Theater Athletic Meets." By 1945 as the war was winding down, organized tournaments and games between various units and theaters of operations were being provided by the Armed Forces. Sports team provided unit identication and pride, and competition was a morale booster. Their value in war theaters was recognized by those directing the war effort.
As for the watch, named "Bubblebacks" by watch collectors, due to the heavily domed case backs needed to accommodate the large automatic movements, these were Rolex's first Oyster Perpetual (waterproof and automatic) watches.
Housed in one of Rolex's watertight Oyster cases, this wristwatch originally offered its owner protection against water, dust, and perspiration. Inside the rugged case Rolex put into service their early self-winding so-called Perpetual Chronometer movement, keeping the watch powered by movements of the wrist.
The watch has all original parts down to the dial, all hands, "Oyster Patent +" winding crown and original or period lead waterproofing gasket. The dial is a very old vintage restoration that looks to have most likely been done relatively shortly after the watch was made. And the case is in excellent condition with deep unpolished vertical grooves.
The movement is running true.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate attesting to its performance.
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.