Only Online Auction

Geneva, Apr 07, 2021

LOT 129

Ref. 2508, chronograph, minute counter; stainless steel

CHF 13,000 - 26,000

EUR 12,000 - 24,000 / USD 14,400 - 28,700 / HKD 112,000 - 224,000

Stainless steel, manual-winding, tonneau-shaped, anti-magnetic, gentleman’s wristwatch, snap-on case-back, round flat bezel, silver colour dial with subsidiary seconds at 9 and two horological complications:
· 1/5 second chronograph (activated by the two rectangular-shaped push-pieces) with telemeter scale graduated for one kilometre
· Half-instantaneous 30-minute counter (subsidiary dial at 3 o’clock)

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3-8


Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-6-01


Slightly oxidized

HANDS Original

Brand Rolex, Geneva

Reference 2508

Year circa 1942

Case No. 041 338

Material stainless steel

Bracelet brown leather strap

Buckle stainless steel buckle

Diameter 35.2 mm. (bezel)

Caliber 14’’’ (based on Valjoux by Reymond Frères, Les Bioux, Vallée de Joux)

Height 41.2 mm.

Width 35.2 mm.

Signature dial, case and movement


Rolex, Ref. 2508 Antimagnetic (or Anti-Magnetique)

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.

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.


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