Lot 164
  • 164


40,000 - 60,000 USD
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  • STAINLESS STEEL, cow leather
  • diameter 35 mm
• cal. 13''', manual nickel lever escapement, 17 jewels • silver dial with applied baton indexes and Arabic numerals, subsidiary dials for the constant second and the 30 minute register, outer minute/second track, outer blue telemeter and tachometer scales, blued steel baton hands • stainless steel Oyster case, screw down case back and crown • dial, movement and case signed • with a stainless steel Rolex buckle


The movement is running at time of cataloguing, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement. Case in overall good condition with normal scuffing and surface wear consistent with use and age. Some very small dents are apparent, especially at the lower half of the case bezel. Some surface markings apparent on the left side case band at 9. Dial in in overall very good vintage condition with light and even oxidation throughout. Movement in excellent condition.Please be advised that the bands on this watch are made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) and thus not sold with the watch, they are for display purposes only. We will remove these bands prior to shipping.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

Catalogue Note

Reference 3525 was one of Rolex's earliest Oyster cased chronographs and remains amongst the most popular with collectors. It represents an important moment in history as it is the model Hans Wildorf sent to English officers who were imprisoned during WWII. The model was produced in stainless steel, pink and yellow gold or bi-color steel and gold. 

The present example bears the signature of the retailer Monetti in Naples, Italy. The dial is in exceptional condition with minor patina and otherwise untouched. The watch offers a rare opportunity for a collector to obtain an original early Oyster chronograph in excellent condition.

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.