Exclusive Timepieces 7 –⁠ 8 Dec 2019 | Monaco LOT 63

63. Rolex Important and Historic Bubbleback Water Resistant Automatic Wristwatch in Steel, Reference 2940, With Black Centre Seconds Dial Retailed by Beyer Zurich

Estimate € 8,000 –⁠ 16,000

Sold € 9,750
Lot Description
Model: Bubble Back
Material: Stainless Steel
Reference N°: 2940
Year: 1940
Case N°: 182861
Caliber: 9 3/4″
Movement type: Automatic
Bracelet: Leather Strap
Dimensions: 31.5 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement

Ovetto, Ovettone or Bubbleback, this is how one of the first automatic models produced by Rolex is universally known. Introduced to the market in 1933, it is an extraordinary object considering the fact that it was one of the first to incorporate the auto-rotor into its mechanism, exactly one year after Rolex had patented its first Perpetual. The name ‘Ovetto’ or ‘Egg’ comes from the rounded shape of the back: the considerable size of the rotor introduced, required the use of a bigger case but the response of Rolex’s technicians was that of moving the housing to the back of the timepiece instead of increasing the size of the entire watch. This trick led to the creation of a special case with a touch of uniqueness, recognizability and even immortality. The present lot is one of the many models and specifically is the reference 2940. Its stainless steel case has nicely aged and was considerably well preserved in these years. Moreover the back presents the case number still very deep and visible. The black dial is simply incredible for its conservation and the beautiful radium numerals and hands. Right below the ‘Rolex Oyster Perpetual’ designation is located the precious retailer’s signature Beyer Zurich. This shop is the oldest watch boutique in Switzerland which from 1760 satisfies its customers.