Rolex Oyster Perpetual 10K Bubble Back 1952 Thunderbird, Honeycomb Dial – Sorry Now Sold! 15th Oct ’16


100% Genuine & All Original

Fully Restored, Serviced & Guaranteed

A Lightly Used and Well Cared For Beautiful Example

Chronometer Grade Cal. 9 3/4” 18 Jewels Automatic Movement

Size 34mm Diameter, not including the Oyster Screw Down Crown

Stunning White Dial,  Dauphine Hands, Applied Gold Faceted Batons

Rolex Oyster Perpetual, 18K Bubble Back, Thunderbird, Model 6085

A Sweep Seconds Hand counting a 1/5th Seconds and Minutes Track

Thunderbird Bezel, Case Body and Case-Back all in Superb Condition

New Crocodile Leather Strap with Matching Rolex Gold Plated Buckle

Offered with 12 months Written Warranty*

Free UK Next Day Delivery!

Presentation Box Included

Overseas Fedex £45

vgw ref. R245

VGW Reference:
Price £4,250 Sold


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Here we have a simply beautiful, fully restored 1952 Rolex Oyster Perpetual 10ct Bubble Back,  Thunderbird. This is Rolex model reference 6085 and is the full-sized or big Bubble Back, being 34mm in diameter as opposed to the earlier 1940s Bubble Backs which were 32mm. The full bubble back as opposed to the later shallower ‘semi’ bubble back, produces the total watch depth of 12.5mm including the relatively low profile original lens.

The Dial

The watch has a wonderful cream-white honeycomb dial with classic 1950’s gold Dauphine Hands and gold faceted baton hour markers, the sweep seconds hand counts a 1/5th seconds on the outer minutes track. The dial is one the finest examples of classic ’50s Rolex style and elegance and is one we cannot fail to admire each time we look at it. This is the original dial which has been restored to the very highest standards. We use the best dial restorers in the UK and really have made a wonderful job here! A new Rolex lens has been fitted.

The Case

For a number of reasons, the 10ct solid yellow gold, 34mm Bubble Back case, is also very pleasing. Firstly and most obviously the Thunderbird bezel is in such great condition. This was a popular addition on the early 50’s Bubble Backs however, they are prone to damage through knocks and scrapes and so to cover these, the bezel is often over polished, losing definition. Here however, the bezel is in really excellent shape and showing only minor signs of wear. The case-body, lugs and screw down crown are equally good, all of which indicate the watch has had very light use and very careful ownership. The full bubble back screw down case-back is also prone to damage in the form of dimples and scratches and here there are none. Of course, the great advantage of a 10ct case (made for the American market), as opposed to an 18ct case is that it is harder and so less prone to dents and scratches and this has no doubt helped this watch case to maintain its good looks and minimal signs of ageing! The inside of the case-back is properly signed with the early Rolex scroll, 0.417 10K Geneva Swiss Hallmarks and the case model number 6085 and externally between the lugs at 12 o’clock. The serial number 838,XXX is found externally between the lugs at 6 o’clock.

The Movement

The original movement here is particularly nice and sparkling, in fact rather new looking. This also proves the watch has seen careful use and has been properly maintained and has definitely not suffered from any dampness or water ingress. This Chronometer grade movement is particularly strong, accurate and reliable, making this watch perfectly suitable for everyday use. The movement has just received a thorough overhaul and service by our watchmaker and so we have no hesitation in offering this watch with our 12 months warranty*. This warranty can be extended to 5 years for an extra £350 including a free service, when this becomes due in 4 years time!

In Conclusion

Here we have a highly collectible vintage gold watch from horology’s most famous name which will provide an excellent financial investment as well as something to wear, use, treasure and enjoy!

This watch is a truly outstanding example of a 1952 vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual, Bubble Back in fully restored condition. It is ready to wear and may be used, if required as an everyday watch. The beautiful white Honeycomb dial, Thunderbird Bezel and case are in outstanding condition and the watch is a credit to its previous ownership.

If treated with care, this watch will make a sound investment or heirloom piece.  Even though vintage gold Rolex prices have risen at around 15% per annum in the past 2-3 years, we still feel good examples such as this, are undervalued and as the world market for vintage gold Rolex watches continues to grow, prices will inevitably climb ever higher.

We are happy to accept Paypal as this is the quickest method of payment. However if you would like to pay by UK cheque or by bank transfer we will be pleased to assist you and pass on a 3% saving to you. Unfortunately we are unable to take credit card payments over the telephone due to incidences of fraud. We can however send you an invoice by email which you may pay with any credit or debit card.

*Note – 12 Month warranty only included if the list price is paid.

If you have any questions please call on Landline 0207 727 7095 or Mobile 07515 949250

Or if calling from overseas on Landline +44 207 727 7095 or Mobile +44 7515 949250

Please note we welcome part exchanges.