Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR Hong Kong Monday, May 29, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1944
    Reference No: 2764
    Movement No: 46'157
    Case No: 265'504
    Model Name: "Bubble Back"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex C&I rice grain bracelet, 185 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped 7.71
    Dimensions: 32 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    This "Bubble Back" wristwatch is distinguished by its black lacquer dial, which displays gold graphics. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Rolex designed an array of dial configurations for their "Bubble Back" line of production. The possibilities were endless, with each model featuring a different hand, numeral or case design.

    The present example is distinguished by its wonderful and sharp case. The watch retains incredibly crisp case numbers on the case back, and even retains the "C" engraving, denoting it was made for export to South America. Accompanying the watch is a charming Rolex rice grain C&I bracelet.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 2764
A rare and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, black lacquer dial and bracelet

Circa 1944
32 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$46,000 - 62,000 

Sold for HK$25,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR

Hong Kong Auction 30 May 2017