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Taking a longer view, however, this quirky release can be seen as a heritage move, although the brand does not promote it as such. Rolex has a long history of producing steel and gold sports watches and, going back to the 1930s, the watches that later evolved into the Explorer line appeared in bi-metal form. In contemporary watch sizing, the 36mm case of the 124273 is a notable step down, possibly another reference to the more diminutive Explorer ancestors, the Oyster Perpetuals. These antecedents were not only small, but in the 1930s they housed the new-fangled self-winding “perpetual” movements – accommodating the winding rotor under a highly domed screw-down case back. No wonder these became known in collecting circles as “Bubblebacks”.
https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/watches/a ... bubbleback
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