Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jan 24, 2021

LOT 78


EUR 30,000 - 50,000

USD 36,000 - 60,000 / HKD 280,000 - 470,000

Sold: EUR 39,000

A fine, very rare, highly attractive, manual winding stainless steel chronograph wristwatch.

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Grading System
Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-6-8-01

Very good

Slightly oxidized

Slightly scratched

HANDS Original

Brand Rolex

Model Anti Magnetic

Reference 3525

Year Circa 1942

Case No. 173414

Bracelet Leather with stainless steel buckle not signed

Caliber 13’’’ (based on Valjoux 23)

Dimensions 35 mm

Signature dial, case and movement


Part of the first series of the reference 3525 as evidenced by the serial number and reference on the caseback, these early Rolex stainless steel chronographs are amongst, in our opinion, the most attractive ever produced. This early example still has a thick case as well as crisp and deep numbers on the outer caseback. The original dial has aged to a warm cream color and the blue telemeter scale is still clearly visible and the Art-Deco numerals throughout the dial is a much rarer configuration than the mixed arabic and baton index that are found on most examples. In great original condition, we are delighted to o"er this well-preserved and rare 3525.