1946 Rolex Oyster 36mm Ovettone aka 'Big Bubbleback' - FULL SET - Ref. 5028
An fine and rare steel Rolex Oyster Chronometer 'Big Bubbleback' Ref. 5028 with its original box and guarantee
WHY IS THIS WATCH SPECIAL
The Rolex Oyster case is as relevant and stylish today as it was when it was introduced in 1926. It’s been interpreted in different ways and in different sizes. From gem-set examples in precious metals to super sized steel versions, the Oyster is as versatile as it is elegant. Maybe the purest form of the watch is the simple time-only examples that date to the 1940s and 50s, an era when the watches were being used by explorers, scientists and the military, a period when the world first witnessed the Rolex Bubbleback .One style of Oyster is the watch known by its Italian nickname, the Ovettone (translated as big egg). Beautifully proportioned watches that were big for the era, the Bubblebacks are a vintage fusion of early Sports Rolex and elegant dress watches. Here we have a very cool oversized example to share, the vast majority were smaller in diameter (34mm), this Ovettone reference 5028 has a beautiful two-Tone dial and was manufactured in 1946, sold by Bucherer in 1951. The fact that this watch comes with its original guarantee and box is exceptionnal and makes it a very rare collectors timepiece !
The Bubbleback story began in the mid 1940s with the 5020 series watches. These were a lot bigger than regular bubblebacks, measuring 36mm instead of 34mm. The 1940s was a time when watches were on average 32mm and so the 36mm Bubblebacks packed a real punch. Featuring pressure fit crystals in a monobloc case, the 5020 series utilised the standard bubbleback crown and tube on the large cases.The 5020 series comprised two references. The 5028 was a time only watch with centre-seconds and reference 5026 had a sub seconds register in the bottom half of the dial. So why are these watches known as Bubblebacks ? The name refers to the shape of the case, if viewed in side-profile. The watches were fitted with the automatic, self-winding movements and this necessitated a pronounced rounded caseback. Coupled with the domed crystal the watch had a significant depth and on the wrist was noticeably high.
- Maker: Rolex
- Model: Oyster Perpetual Chronometer 'Ovettone' (aka 'Big Bubbleback')
- Reference: 5028
- Case N°: 3917XX
- Year: 1946
- Material: Stainless steel
- Dimentions (WxHxT): 36x43x14 mm
- Caliber: 10 1/2" A.295
- Bracelet/Strap: Cowhide leather
- Lug width: 20mm
- Box/Papers: Original Rolex guarantee & Box
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
This watch is in extremely good condition for its age. The unpolished stainless steel case is very well preserved, and the Two-Tone original dial is stunning. This is a great and extremely rare Rolex Oyster, elegant and highly collectible, especially with its original box and papers. A nice presence on the wrist, perfect for every day wear and sporting activities.