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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1942
    Reference No: 3595
    Movement No: 009'526
    Case No: 56'111
    Model Name: 'Bubble back'
    Material: 18k pink gold and stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k pink gold and stainless steel Rolex 'bamboo' bracelet, 180 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped Rolex SA
    Dimensions: 32 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Provenance: Property from An Important Collector
    Literature: For another example of reference 3595, please see The Best of Time Rolex Wristwatches by James M. Dowling and Jeffrey P. Hess, page 96.

  • Provenance

    Property from An Important Collector

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex first conceived the initial idea of the hooded bubble back in 1938 to the patent authority in Geneva. In 1939, Rolex released the first smooth finished hooded bubble back and bears the reference 3065. The present reference 3595 was introduced in 1941 and differs from the reference 3065 as it was fitted with a wider, flatter bezel and five horizontal flutes along the hoods.

    The present example has many outstanding features, first, it is fitted with the original 'bamboo' style pink gold and stainless steel bracelet. Second is the riveted hooded lugs and very crisp, unpolished case; third is the original two-tone pink dial with aged luminous hands and numerals that are perfectly matching.

  • 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. 3595
A fine and very rare pink gold and stainless steel wristwatch with two-tone pink dial, hooded lugs and bamboo bracelet

32 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for HK$200,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am