Exclusive Timepieces October 2021 | Monaco LOT 269

269. Rolex Precious and Sought After Oyster Perpetual So-Called Cylinder Hooded Automatic Wristwatch in Steel and Yellow Gold, Reference 3536, With Black and Yellow Dial Retailed by Cuervo y Sobrinos.

Estimate € 30,000 –⁠ 60,000

Sold € 52,000
Lot Description
Model: Oyster Perpetual
Reference: 3536
Case Material: Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold
Year: 1938
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 9 3/4
Case N°: 54545
Dimensions: 32 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case

Hardly published in literature and scarcely appearing in public, reference 3536 by Rolex is one of the most elusive time-only examples of the firm. In production from the 1930’s, represents one of the most unusual "bubble back" models ever made and easily distinguishable from the better known versions by its unusual design, featuring a round case, a concave or inward-curved enlarged bezel and slender straight lugs. The present specimen immediately strikes for the quality of its steel and yellow gold case and grain de rig bracelet. Furthermore impresses by its extremely attractive champagne and black dial, perfectly matching the combination of case and bracelet. To make it even more desirable the rare signature at 12 o’clock of the Cuban retailer Cuervo Y Sobrinos active in l’Havana from 1982 until 1953.