Exclusive Timepieces 7 –⁠ 8 December 2019 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide selection of very fine vintage timepieces, property of various prominent collectors will be presented in this sale. Including a fine selection of Longines Chronograph coming from one of the most important collections worldwide.

141 Rolex Stunning and Rare Barilotto Oyster Chronograph Antimagnetic Wristwatch in Steel, Reference 3525, Black Glossy Dial, Retailed by Beyer Zurich

Estimate: € 95,000 –⁠ 190,000

Model: Barilotto
Material: Stainless Steel
Reference N°: 3525
Year: 1956
Case N°: 142594
Caliber: 13″ VZ
Movement type: Manual
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 35 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement
Accessories: letter of deliver

The reference 3525 of Rolex is extremely famous among watch lovers due to the atypical constitution of its case, composed of a single solid piece of metal which has also earned it the nickname “monoblock”. Excellent small chronographs, given the diameter of only 35 mm, they are usually equipped with Valjoux movement and were launched in 1939, only to be removed from production a few years later, in 1945. Its short manufacturing period and the peculiarity of being the first chronograph Rolex to be inserted in an Oyster case make it one of the most sought after and appetizing pieces on the market. Available in pink gold, yellow gold, stainless steel or steel and gold it was an important landmark model for Rolex given the history behind it: it was in fact the model supplied to the prisoner of war (for this reason also known as POW) captured in Western Allied airmen and incarcerated in German camps. Hans Wilsdorf decided to ship an example to each prisoner who had requested it without making him paying a cent until they have returned from the war. The watch here offered is an absolutely precious variant of this very important model, fully realized in stainless steel with Oyster riveted bracelet. The conditions of this watch are astonishing considering its almost 80 years of age. Moreover it appears to be also one of the most appealing given its amazing black dial with gilded printing and the precious signature of the Zurich retailer Beyer positioned above the 6 o’clock. It is the oldest watch shop in Switzerland since from 1760 has continuously sold timepieces to its costumer always remaining a family activity now held by René Beyer, which represents the now eighth generation. This lot is an absolute chimera for collector because is sold with the original letter and the stamped envelope of the time dating 7th September 1940 sent directly by Rolex director Hans Wilsdorf to Mr. Robertosn’s family about his conditions in the prison camp where he was held and the official letter with the confirmation of the order of the present chronograph date 30th March 193.