18ct yellow gold, reference 5030 Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back wristwatch. Circa 1949
18ct yellow gold, reference 5030 Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back wristwatch. Circa 1949
18ct yellow gold, reference 5030 Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back wristwatch. Circa 1949
18ct yellow gold, reference 5030 Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back wristwatch. Circa 1949
18ct yellow gold, reference 5030 Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back wristwatch. Circa 1949
18ct yellow gold, reference 5030 Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back wristwatch. Circa 1949
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  • Load image into Gallery viewer, 18ct yellow gold, reference 5030 Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back wristwatch. Circa 1949
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, 18ct yellow gold, reference 5030 Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back wristwatch. Circa 1949
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, 18ct yellow gold, reference 5030 Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back wristwatch. Circa 1949
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, 18ct yellow gold, reference 5030 Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back wristwatch. Circa 1949
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, 18ct yellow gold, reference 5030 Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back wristwatch. Circa 1949

18ct yellow gold, reference 5030 Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back wristwatch. Circa 1949

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  • Brand: Rolex
  • Circa: 1949
  • Model: Oyster Perpetual
  • Reference: 5030
  • Calibre: 995
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Material: 18ct yellow gold
  • Features/complications: Bubble back 
  • Dial: Silvered dial with 0 - 60 scale outer minute track with strokes to 1/5 second featuring gold applied mirror polished arrow shaped hour indices and baton quarter with sweep centre centre seconds and date aperture at 3 o'clock
  • Case dimensions: 36mm
  • Bracelet/strap: 18ct yellow gold bracelet 
  • Accessories: N/A
  • SKU: 2597

Essay: Rolex created the auto-rotor movement from the Aegler movement in Hunter watches that featured a “perpetual motion” winding mass. Rolex subsequently patented its first successful perpetually self-winding wristwatch in 1932 and the Bubble Back was introduced in 1933 and featured the first auto-rotor.

Since the introduction of the very first Rolex Datejust watches the name "Datejust'" never appeared anywhere on any Rolex watches. Only during the production of the reference 5030 did the word "Datejust" begin to appear on the dials of Rolex date displaying watches.

The reference 5030 is also referred to as the ‘Ovettone’ among watch collectors.