Today's offering showcases this classic and uncommon Ref. 5011 Bubbleback made circa 1948.
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. Equipped with nineteen jewels and a self-compensating Breguet mainspring, this fine movement achieved chronometer status.
This watch has an uncommon black "California" gilt dial that matches the bezel and makes a beautiful combination.
It is fully Rolex down to the original Rolex + Oyster crown.
We purchased an impressive collection of sixteen special Pateks and Rolexes including this one from a doctor who was a collector's collector - a gentleman with tremendous knowledge, discerning taste, and a disciplined eye for detail. Each watch has an original buckle and many have original boxes.
Its massive and thick, stainless steel case is very well-preserved. Its black, "California" gilt dial looks to be a perfect previous refinishing. And its high-grade, Rolex Perpetual movement is clean and keeping time.
Our watchmaker has just disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it. For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new crocodile strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.
Note: Published examples of this model can be found in Osvaldo Patrizzi's work Rolex, Collecting Wristwatches, 2001 Edition, Guido Mondani editor, Vol. 2, pg. 123-126.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Serial no.: 631,528
Year built: c. 1948
Model: Reference 5011, Oyster Perpetual
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Sweep Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case material: Stainless steel and gold
Case condition: Better than near mint
Dial: Gloss black, luminous so-called "California" dial with mixed Arabic and Roman indexes, gilt printing, outer minute/seconds divisions, appears to be a perfect previous restoration
Dimensions: 32mm wide (excluding crown), 39.5mm long lug tip-to-tip
Hands: Appear to be original blue steel "Mercedes" luminous hour and minute hands, gold seconds may be a replacement
Movement type: Rhodium plated, self-winding, straight line lever escapement, self-compensating Breguet hairspring, index regulator
Jewels: 19 rubies
Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn
Width between lugs: 18mm
Crystal: Acrylic, very good condition
Servicing: Our watchmaker has just disassembled the movement down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
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within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
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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.