Rolex Oyster Perpetual, Bubbleback, Thunderbird, 14ct, 1956
100% Genuine & All Original
Fully Restored, Serviced and Guaranteed
Rolex Model Reference 6085 ‘Big’ Bubbleback
Superbly Restored, Ivory Cream, ‘3 6 9′ Explorer Dial
Original Restored ‘Leaf’ Hands and Blued Steel Seconds
Excellent Condition Thunderbird Bezel With Good Definition
Good Sized 34mm Case, Excluding the Rolex Super-Oyster Crown
High Grade Cal.645 Automatic Movement in Tip-Top Condition
Rolex Inner and Outer Presentation Boxes Included
Supplied with a New High Quality Crocodile Strap
VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee
VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty*
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Note: The above photographs are from an older listing of this watch, as we previously sold this watch 4 years ago. These are currently being updated.
This Rolex model reference 6085, comes with a Chronometer grade (highly accurate) movement, a ‘Big’ Bubbleback case, Thunderbird Bezel and a Super-Oyster crown. The 6085 was one of a handful of Rolex models to feature the Super-Oyster crown which was produced for only for 2-3 years between 1951 and 1953. The Super-Oyster winding crown was developed by Rolex to create a waterproof winding crown which did not need to be screwed down. While the system itself worked well, in time, if not properly serviced, the rubber seals perished, weakening the seal and so this type of crown was phased out. The Rolex Oyster water-tight cases were the first automatic wristwatches to successfully provide total protection against water, humidity and dust.
This Rolex Oyster Perpetual also has the rare Thunderbird bezel which is in exceptionally good condition. This, in addition to the big Bubbleback case accommodating an early chronometer movement, makes this a highly desirable and collectable wristwatch. The (big) 34mm Bubbleback case was introduced in 1949 to supersede the 32mm small Bubbleback, which had been in production since 1934.
The classic early Rolex script and the ‘3 6 9’ ‘Explorer’ type Ivory Cream dial makes this one of our very favourite designs and this is a particularly beautiful example. The applied gilt teardrop hour indices and numerals, the early Rolex Coronet, and the finely graduated outer seconds track, each add to the distinctly early ’50s character of this watch.
The original, restored rose gold ‘leaf’ hands and blued steel needle seconds hand are all in excellent condition. The dial is simply signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual and ‘Officially Certified Chronometer’, with ‘Swiss’ at the very bottom of the dial.
This is the original dial which has been restored to the highest standards by the best dial restorers in the UK.
The original, Swiss hallmarked 14ct rose gold case measures 34mm in diameter without the crown. As mentioned, this is a rare watch due to its Bubbleback and Thunderbird bezel, which here is almost like new. The Thunderbird bezel is showing only the very lightest signs of wear, which is highly unusual as these are prone to damage and are often over polished. The rest of the case, the sides, lugs and case-back are also all in superb condition. The Bubbleback, in particular, is in beautiful condition and has never been engraved or damaged. The Bubbleback 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.
The case has been professionally cleaned and lightly polished and is looking superb. Inside the case-back are two Swiss 14ct hallmarks and 0.585-14K and of course, 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).
This is the original high grade “Officially Certified Chronometer” 19 Jewels, 645 calibre movement which is known for being particularly robust, reliable and strong.
The movement is in very clean condition and working perfectly following a thorough overhaul and service by our vintage Rolex specialist watchmaker. This involves dismantling the watch to all its component parts, careful inspection under high magnification, replacement where necessary with only genuine Rolex parts, then careful reassembly and adjustment before testing and calibration in 5 positions. The watch now winds, sets and runs accurately and reliably and after final calibration and testing, the movement is running strongly and accurately to within +10 seconds/day. This is outstanding for a watch movement of this age and we have confirmed this timing on our electronic timegrapher. The power reserve of this watch is 40 hours.
The movement is signed Rolex SA Geneva, and carries the movement reference numbers 21517 and F8706.
This watch movement is now ready for many more years of faithful service and is perfectly suited for everyday use. We are therefore pleased to offer this with 12 months’ warranty on the movement*. Please note the ‘2 Rubies’ marked on the rotor applies to the rotor only.
*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty only applies if the list price is paid.
The Strap and Buckle
The watch is fitted with a new, high quality Black Crocodile strap and matching aftermarket Rolex yellow gold plated buckle. However, if a different colour or different style strap is preferred please let us know and we will do our best to provide one free of charge.
The Box and Papers
Although there are no original papers with this watch, the reference numbers, markings, signatures and hallmarks are all correct, dating this watch to C1956. Detailed particulars will be included with the receipt, along with our 12 months’ warranty*. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value of this watch will be provided at the time of sale along with our unique ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ which states: “If this watch proves to be anything less than totally authentic, or not as described, Vintage Gold Watches of London will offer you a full refund at any time”.
The vintage Rolex Inner and Outer presentation boxes shown in the photographs are included in the sale.
This beautiful vintage 14ct gold Rolex is in superb condition and ready for use. It is completely practical, usable and wearable today and an excellent investment, particularly when found in such great condition.
This is also a highly collectable vintage gold watch from horology’s most famous name which will provide an excellent financial investment as well as something to treasure and enjoy! Even though vintage gold Rolex prices have risen recently, we still feel good examples from this period are undervalued and as each year goes by and the world market for vintage gold Rolex watches continues to expand, this means prices will climb ever higher.
A word on our prices – We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before then restoring them to the highest possible standards. We then offer these at the fairest prices we can, taking into account our pre and post sales care and service. This approach means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are some well-known stores in West London which are highly successful charging between two to three times the price you see here. We therefore consider our prices to be fair, given the quality of watches we have to offer.
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Please note, we welcome part exchanges. If you have a watch or small collection for sale, please contact us as we will be happy to discuss.
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