Lot No. 117 (93rd Auction)
Rolex Oyster Chronograph Antimagnetic "Monoblocco", Case No. 182352, Ref. 3525, 35 mm, circa 1956

A gentleman's attractive vintage gold wristwatch with chronograph, blue tachy and red telemeter scale
Case: 18k gold, screw back, screwed "Twinlock" crown, 18k Rolex gold buckle. Dial: silvered, hands relumed. Movm.: 2/3 plate movement, Glucydur screw balance.

The very rare waterproof reference 3525 was one of the first Oyster Chronograph references and available in stainless steel as well as 18K pink and yellow gold. Collectors know this model as "Barilotto" or "Monoblocco". The reference was marketed for over 10 years and produced in about 1400 examples. The "POW (Prisoners of War)" models are amongst these - chronographs which Rolex supplied free of charge to British Officers who were held prisoners of war by the German army during the WW2.
Source: "100 Years of Rolex 1908-2008" by Franca and Guido Mondani, Recco 2008, p. 34f.
Estimate  19,000 - 25,000 €
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