Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: TWO Hong Kong Monday, May 30, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1948
    Reference No: 3372
    Movement No: N72545
    Case No: 616'151
    Model Name: 'Bubble back'
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Brown Rolex crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold Rolex buckle
    Dimensions: 32 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Exhibited

    For another example of a reference 3372 in pink gold, please see Rolex Collecting Modern and Vintage Wristwatches Volume II by Osvaldo Patrizzi, page 125.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The 'bubble back' was Rolex's first water proof automatic wristwatch. The case back of these watches were rounded as to give space for the movement, hence the playful name 'bubble back'. The 'bubble back' was in production from 1933-1955. The present example is cased in pink gold and distinguished by the raised Roman numerals. Presented in very original condition, the present watch gives us a chance to marvel an important watch in Rolex's illustrious history.

  • 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. 3372
A fine and rare pink gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds

32 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$50,000 - 80,000 

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: TWO

Hong Kong Auction 31 May 2016