- RETAILED BY MONETTI NAPOLI: A FINE AND RARE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTER TELEMETER AND TACHOMETER SCALES
REF 3525 CASE 133950 MONOBLOCCO CIRCA 1941
- 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
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.