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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 17

    Rolex. An extremely fine and rare stainless steel and gold automatic bubble back wristwatch with bracelet

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, CHRONOMETRE, RETAILED BY CUERVO Y SOBRINOS, REF. 3536, CASE NO. 54'545, MANUFACTURED IN 1942

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    Rolex. An extremely fine and rare stainless steel and gold automatic bubble back wristwatch with bracelet
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Chronometre, retailed by Cuervo y Sobrinos, ref. 3536, case no. 54'545, manufactured in 1942
    Cal. 9 3/4 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, champagne matte dial, Arabic numerals on black chapter ring, sweep centre seconds, circular stainless steel water-resistant bubble back type case, convex bezel, stainless steel and yellow gold hooded lugs, stainless steel screw back and screw down crown, stainless steel Rolex link bracelet and deployant clasp, case and movement signed by maker, dial signed by maker and retailer
    32 mm. diam.


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    Reference 3536 is an exceedingly rare example of an early Oyster Perpetual model, hardly published in literature and scarcely appearing in public. It was introduced into the market in the 1930s and available in stainless steel and pink gold or stainless steel and yellow gold and with different dial layouts.

    Reference 3536 is doubtlessly one of the most unusual "bubble back" models ever made and easily distinguishable from the better known versions by its unusual design, featuring a round case, a concave or inward-curved enlarged bezel and slender straight lugs. The highly attractive appearance of this rare wristwatch is topped by the inlay between the lugs, rendering the model its designation "hooded".

    The present watch furthermore impresses by its extremely attractive champagne and black dial, perfectly matching the combination of a stainless steel and gold case, the period bracelet and the unusual retailer signature Cuervo y Sobrinos.

    Consigned by a private collector it is furthermore preserved in excellent, original overall condition, rendering it a trophy for the discerning collector.

    Cuervo y Sobrinos
    In 1882, Armando Rio y Cuervo and his brothers ran a watchmaking workshop founded by their uncle Ramon in Havana, Cuba, hence the name "y Sobrinos": "and Nephews", retailing watches of the world's most prestigious watchmakers. In the 1940s, when Havana became the meeting point for intellectuals and artists from all over the world, Cuervo y Sobrinos produced their own watches while continuing to sell watches of other famous manufacturers. Einstein, Caruso, Churchill, Hemingway, Gable and Neruda are amongst the renowned firm's faithful clients.

    Special Notice

    Prospective buyers should be aware that the importation of Rolex watches into the United States is highly restricted. Rolex watches may not be shipped into the USA and can only be imported personally. Generally a buyer may import only one watch into the USA. For further information please contact our specialists in charge of the sale. Please note other countries may have comparable import restrictions for luxury watches.