Rolex Oyster Perpetual 18K, Bubble Back, Thunderbird Bezel 1951 – Sorry, Now Sold!


100% Genuine & All Original

Fully Restored, Serviced and Guaranteed

Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning Condition

Superbly Restored Matt Black Dial with Gold Spearhead Indices

18K Solid Yellow Gold Case with Thunderbird Bezel and Semi-Bubble Back,

Size Large 34mm Diameter not including the Rolex Super Oyster Crown

Chronometer Grade Cal 645 Auto Movement in Sparkling Condition!

Fitted with New High Quality Black ‘Croc’ Leather Strap

Complete with the Rolex Presentation Box as shown

Wide choice of straps available at no extra charge

And Offered with 12 months Written Warranty*

VGW Reference:
Price £3,995 Sold


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In spectacular condition, here we have a 1951 Rolex Oyster Perpetual in 18ct solid yellow gold with a semi-Bubble Back and Rolex Thunderbird bezel. Known by Rolex as model 6085 it carries the Cal.645 chronometer grade movement (highly accurate and reliable) and a Super Oyster crown. The Super-Oyster crown and was only manufactured for between 3 and 4yrs and is therefore quite rare. Add with the semi-Bubble-Back case accommodating the early automatic movement we have here a very desirable and collectable wristwatch!

The Dial

The dial is the original Rolex matt black dial, which has been restored to the very highest standards. And the gold spearhead indices look wonderful in relief against the matt black, in low light. A this is something we have tried to capture in the photographs, although it really does look much better in real-life.

The original, restored gold ‘Dauphine’ hands and gold needle seconds hand are all in excellent condition. In addition to the ‘Rolex Crown’ at 12 0’clock, the dial is simply signed Rolex, Oyster-Perpetual and ‘Officially Certified Chronometer’ with Swiss at the very bottom of the dial. The lens which is clear with no scratches marks or damage.

The Movement

This is the original. high grade “Officially Certified Chronometer” 19 Jewels, 645 calibre movement which is known for being particularly accurate, reliable and strong. It is in superb condition and is working perfectly following a thorough overhaul and service by our Master Watchmaker. It is marked ROLEX PERPETUAL and SWISS MADE. The movement has been time checked and calibrated and is running strongly and accurately. It is now ready for many more years of reliable service. The movement carries twelve months warranty* Please note the ‘2 Rubies’ marked on the rotor apply to the rotor only.

*12 months warranty os only applicable if the ‘Buy It Now’ price is paid.

The Case

The original Swiss hallmarked 18K solid yellow gold case, measures 34mm in diameter without the crown and is in outstanding condition! The highly desirable Thunderbird bezel has no scratches or dings and has great definition which indicates the watch has be very well cared for. The rest of the case, the sides, lugs and case back are all in superb condition. The semi-Bubble Back in particular is in beautiful condition and it has never been engraved or damaged.

The Bubble-Back is so called due to the bulbous round back needed to accommodate the early automatic movement and rotor which was a little too large for a standard flat back case when first introduced. This case-back has slighter bubble and so is often referred to as a semi-bubble back.

The watch case has been professionally cleaned and lightly polished and is looking superb! Inside the case back are two Swiss 18ct hallmarks and 0.750-18K. Also the beautifully ornate early Rolex emblem and signature along with ROLEX PATENTED 6085.

The case is a large size 34mm in diameter not including the original Rolex Super Oyster Crown (see ref above).

Box and Papers

Although there are no original papers with this watch, the numbers and markings on the movement, case and case-back are all correct, dating this watch to 1951. And so a detailed written description and receipt, with a 12 months warranty* and a separate insurance valuation (for the replacement value in the event of loss) will be provided at the time of sale. We also provide a lifetime authenticity guarantee. (please see our FAQs).

The Rolex presentation box shown in the photographs is included in the sale.

*Note 12 months warranty is only applicable if the listed price is paid.

In Conclusion

This is a superb example of the gent’s early 1950’s vintage 18ct gold Rolex, in immaculate condition. It is sufficiently different from the norm to be distinctive, still classic, and completely practical and completely practical for everyday use. And if treated with care, it will make an excellent investment and heirloom piece, particularly if it remains in top condition.

– Even though vintage Rolex prices have risen recently, we still feel good examples such as this are undervalued and still have a long way to go. As each year goes by the global market for vintage gold Rolex watches is expanding rapidly with a consequent effect on prices.

And so in summary this is a highly collectable vintage gold watch from horology’s most famous name, which will provide an excellent reliability, a sound financial investment as well as something to treasure and enjoy!

We will be happy to accept Paypal as this is the quickest and simplest method of payment. However if you would like to pay by UK cheque or by bank transfer we will be very pleased to assist you with this and pass on a 3% saving to you.

If you have any questions please call 020 7727 7095 or 07515 949 250. Or +44 7515949250 if calling from overseas.

We are able to accept part exchanges of similar watches.

Please take a look at our other Vintage Gold Watches!

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