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Rolex

'MONOBLOCCO', REF 3525 STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH CIRCA 1945

VAT applies to hammer price and buyer's premium

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 CHF

Rolex

Rolex

'MONOBLOCCO', REF 3525 STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH CIRCA 1945

'MONOBLOCCO', REF 3525 STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH CIRCA 1945

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 CHF

Lot sold:

30,240

CHF

Rolex


'MONOBLOCCO', REF 3525 

STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH

CIRCA 1945


Dial: silvered

Caliber: manual winding, 17 jewels

Case: stainless steel, screw-down back

Case number: 372’822

Dimensions: 35 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Accessories: none


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The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report 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. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. 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. Please be advised that wristbands 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Rolex launched the reference 3525 in 1939 coinciding with the outbreak of the Second World War and production ceased shortly after the end of the war. Available in pink gold, yellow gold, two-tone or stainless steel, it marked a milestone for Rolex as it was the first chronograph fitted in a waterproof Oyster case. The 3525 can be divided in two main series, with the first one (1939-1942) having the reference and case number engraved on the outside case back, and the second one (1942-1946) having the reference number on the inside case back and the case number engraved between the lugs. The present lot belongs to the second series. Referred to as 'Monoblocco' by collectors, the upper case including bezel and lugs is made from one piece only.

The 3525 gained even more popularity as it was one of the models that Rolex sent to British military men held in German imprisonment camps during the war. In this bold scheme, Rolex offered their watches instantly and would accept payment whenever possible later on. Some British officers ordering Rolex watches this way later became known for taking part in a mass escape from the German prison camp Stalag Luft III in 1944. This event served as inspiration for the 1963 film 'The Great Escape', starring Steve McQueen.