Rolex - Geneva Watch Auction: TWO Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1941
    Reference No: 2940
    Movement No: 94'670
    Case No: 112'976
    Model Name: Oyster Perpetual "Bubbleback"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9 3/4''', 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Steel Rolex pink buckle
    Dimensions: 31mm. Diameter
    Signed: Dial, case and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    When Rolex patented its first successful perpetual self-winding wristwatch in 1932, it was a milestone moment in horology. This movement, combined with the Oyster screw back and patented crown, left many watchmakers of the period looking outdated.

    This particular watch is an excellent example of an Oyster Perpetual wristwatch, featuring a stainless steel case and a highly attractive pink "California Dial". The condition of the present "Bubbleback" is close to mint, and it appears that the watch has possibly never seen any wear. In fact, it still retains its original period calf leather bracelet stamped underneath "ROLEX", but also the unrestored dial shows burn marks caused by the luminous hands not having moved in years, if not decades.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 2940
A fine and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with sweep seconds and pink California dial

31mm. Diameter
Dial, case and movement signed

CHF8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for CHF10,000

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm