Rolex, Ref. 2508
The reference 2508 was first produced in the mid 1930’s, in 18K yellow or pink gold and in stainless steel non-waterproof cases, with olive-shaped push-buttons (oval pushers), a 14’’’ movement and a diameter of 38 mm. (37.2 mm. to).
After that, it was made with rectangular push-buttons (square pushers), a 13’’’ movement and a 2 mm. smaller case of 36 mm. (35.2 mm. to).
Early 2508’s had the serial numbers punched on the case-back, whereas the last generation had the 6 digits number finely engraved at the edge of the back.
This is the first Rolex chronograph wristwatch to feature two registers on the dial and two pushers in the case. Most of the dial bears the mention "Antimagnetic" or "Anti-Magnétique".
The sporty and large case is very masculine, and is considered one of the most attractive case designs by any brand of this era. At the time of production, the relatively large case size was incredibly unusual for the period. This reference is a favourite amongst collectors due to its oversized case, flat bezel, and classic no frills design, that is more in-line with those of two other historical Genevan brands: Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin.
· Patrizzi, Osvaldo, Collecting Rolex Wristwatches, Guido Mondani Editore, Genova, 2001, pp. 390, 392-394 and 480.
Black lacquered dial, known as "Duco"
The dial of the watch presented here is purely exceptional!
It is made in a rare technique for the time, in black lacquer, so-called "Duco", from the name of a famous French lacquer brand for automobile bodies which revolutionised the appearance of cars and motorbikes in the 1930s, giving them a mirror-like aspect of the most beautiful effect.
To find such a dial in this state of preservation on a watch today can only attract the covetousness of the most demanding collectors!