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Summer Fine Art & Antiques Auction - Day 1

Sat, Jul 8, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 39

Men's Vintage 14K Bubble Back Rolex Wristwatch, Circa 1947

Estimate: $3,000 - $3,400
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Men's 14K Rolex Bubble Back Oyster Perpetual Chronometer wristwatch, reference # 3131, serial # 52151, 32mm, gold dial with Roman numeral markers. Fitted with a 14K ladder-style Bonklip bracelet. Back is engraved E. L. Bruce Jr. MEMPHIS TENN 1949. Bracelet clasp is additionally engraved ELBJr. The wristwatch is 7" L and weighs 71 grams. Also includes a small, cased photograph of and business card belonging to E.L. Bruce, Jr, Vice President and General Manager of the E.L Bruce hardwood flooring and lumber company, Memphis. Provenance: Descended in the family from Edwin Lawson Bruce Jr. (1892-1977), former Vice President of E L Bruce Lumber Company based in Memphis, TN. Son of Edwin Lawson Bruce (1855-1944), the company founder. By oral history, this watch was given to Bruce Jr. as a retirement gift from the company, when Eddie Gilbert took leadership after becoming majority shareholder in the late 1950s.


Watch is functioning at time of inspection, service is recommended. The crystal is a replacement. Dial and bracelet with minor wear.

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