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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Nov 08, 2020

LOT 534

ROLEX, REF. 3525, ANTI-MAGNETIC, STEEL

A fine, attractive, manual wind, stainless steel chronograph wristwatch.

Brand Rolex

Model “Anti Magnetic”

Reference 3525

Year Circa 1947

Case No. 568734

Bracelet Stainless steel Rolex buckle

Caliber 13’’’ (based on Valjoux 23)

Dimensions 35 mm

Signature Dial, Case and Movement

CHF 15,000 - 25,000

HKD 120,000 - 200,000 / USD 15,000 - 25,000

Sold: CHF 20,000


Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-53-01

Very good

Reprinted

HANDS Original


Notes

Known to many as the “prisoners watch”, the Ref. 3525 was one of the watches offered during the war to POW’s (“prisoner of war”), often free of charge by Rolex.
Made in 2 distinct series, recognisable from the serial numbers on the case-back, or later between the lugs, this example made after the war is part of the first series. The case has been greatly maintained still showing nice lugs and crisp numbers on the caseback. As it is often the case with these waterproof chronographs, the dials often got damaged or oxidised and was refinished at some point, a great watch as a project or to enjoy as is.