Vintage of the Week: Rolex Bubbleback 3131

Vintage of the Week: Rolex Bubbleback 3131

Vintage Bubbleback by Rolex

The Rolex Bubbleback 3131 is really a vintage watch, being one of the first completely useful programmed watches created during the 1930s and the absolute soonest Rolex watches available.  The watch takes its name from the distending or “bubbleback” case. Like all vintage Rolex watches on our site, this one is a completely all unique period collectible. The Bubbleback was made in a few kinds of metals, including steel, half gold, and 9, 14, and 18 karat pink or yellow gold with different sizes and dials additionally available.

Inside Look Rolex Bubbleback.

History of the Bubbleback

Gold Rolex Bubbleback with Brown Strap

The Bubbleback was dispatched in 1933 and included the principal auto-rotor.  Rolex was not the first to make the programmed movement, but rather this watch connotes the company’s accomplishment in building up a self-winding movement.  Rolex made the auto-rotor movement from the Aegler movement in Hunter watches that highlighted a “ceaseless movement” winding mass.  Rolex protected its first effective unendingly self-twisting wristwatch in 1932 and presented the Bubbleback one year later.  Like most genuine vintage Rolex watches a Bubbleback is certain the sparkle the hearts of vintage watch collectors.

Rolex Bubbleback Crown

Rolex Bubbleback Development

Vintage Rolex Bubbleback Movement

Despite the universal name, Rolex never engraved “Bubbleback” anyplace on the watch or authoritatively perceived the name.  However, the thick auto-rotor required a fatter case, and the choice was made to move the case out in the back instead of make the watch bigger overall.  This drove not exclusively to the English assignment of “Bubbleback” yet the Italian ovettone or “Little Egg,” just as the more vile “Little Coffin” name in Hong Kong. Monikers are as a rule given to a watch for their strange appearance , or the shades of something similar.

A Vintage Rolex Bubbleback has a huge case due to its bigger movement size.

The first Bubbleback model was 1858, controlled by a Reference 520 movement.  Early Bubblebacks included a three-piece case.  However, in 1936, Rolex presented a two-piece case with models 3131 and 3132.  These were likewise a portion of the principal Rolex watches to highlight Steelium, a tempered steel material, and Rolesor a steel and gold combination. In 1941, a women variant of the Bubbleback was presented with a Reference 420 movement.  The Bubbleback was advertised in three sizes to engage both sex markets.

The summit of the line was the “Large Bubbleback,” which prompted the advancement of the DateJust.

The Bubbleback 3131—True Vintage

A Rolex Vintage Bubbleback is a genuine vintage watch.

Collectors want the Bubbleback 3131 on the grounds that it was one of the primary Bubblebacks as well as it has a profound history and it is the first with a  two-piece instead of a three-piece case .  This excellent watch makes a brilliant expansion to any assortment, regardless of whether the assortment depends entirely on antique watch types or explicit to delightful, vintage Rolex models.  A Bubbleback 3131 is the ideal present for any vintage watch authority, regardless of what their inclination in models and types.