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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 80

    Rolex. An extremely fine, rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black dial, pulsometre scale, bracelet and box


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    Rolex. An extremely fine, rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black dial, pulsometre scale, bracelet and box
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Chronograph, Antimagnetic, ref. 3525, case no. 186'090, manufactured in 1941
    Cal. 13''' 23 VZ nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, black dial, luminous baton and Arabic numerals, luminous hands, outer Arabic five minute divisions and pulsometre scale graduated for 30 pulsations, two engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes registers, large circular water-resistant-type case, screw back and screw down crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel expandable Rolex Oyster bracelet and deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    35 mm. diam.

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    With Rolex green presentation box.

    The present watch is certainly one of the most exclusive, attractive and best preserved examples of the celebrated reference 3525 chronograph to appear in public in recent years. Made in 1941, it is from the first series with the reference and serial numbers on the outside of the case back as opposed to between the lugs of the later examples. It features a highly charismatic, beautifully aged black lacquered dial with gold printing and the particularly rare and much sought-after pulsation scale instead of the double outer telemetre and tachymetre scales as found on the standard version of reference 3525. The case shows hardly any wear and has not suffered from overpolishing. In fact, its proportions remain crisp, most evident to the beholders eye are the sharp edges of the lugs.

    Since the publishing of Mr. Mondani's collection in his book, the present watch has immediately captured the eyes and fantasies of all distinguished collectors of Rolex watches and has performed accordingly during its first public appearance at auction. It is, by all means, one of the most beautiful watches ever made by Rolex.

    Production of reference 3525 was launched in 1939. Different versions in regard to case material and dial layout are illustrated in I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 162-192.

    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.


    The Mondani Collection of Rolex Wristwatches, Antiquorum, Geneva 1 April 2006, lot 152.