ROLEX BUBBLEBACK REF. 5028 RED WRITING
Rolex introduced the Bubbleback in the early 1930s, and it was the company’s best seller for nearly 20 years. It was produced in fairly large quantities in a variety of metals, case shapes, and dial designs. The nickname Bubbleback derives from the typical highly rounded shape of the casebacks, which was caused by the rather large dimensions of the automatic calibers used by Rolex during that period. Another important feature of the Bubbleback watches is the fact that they were equipped with automatic movements and waterproof cases, both exceptional and surprising features for a wristwatch at that time. In very rare cases, some Bubbleback models were made in larger cases than usual, hence the name “Big” Bubbleback. This Rolex reference 5028 is a perfect example of a “Big” Bubbleback wristwatch with a 36mm case.
The present Rolex “Big” Bubbleback ref.5028 is distinguished by its remarkable state of preservation. Even though more than 60 years have passed since the watch left the Rolex factory, the overall condition is still exceptional. The dial and case show only slight signs of aging, which can be considered completely normal for a watch from the late 1950s. All components are consistent with the production period: Swiss-made grenè dial, Dauphine hands, Oyster crown, signed and patented screw-down caseback, self-winding perpetual movement. The rarity of the present 5028 is further enhanced by the fact that the dial has the lettering for water resistance in red, which is very rare and unusual.
Serial Number 411XXX, Year 1958.