Exclusive Timepieces & Jewels 17 July 2019 | Monaco LOT 132
Rolex A very fine, early and rare Rolex Barilotto reference 3525 in 18K pink gold chronograph with pink dial
Estimate € 68,000 – 140,000
Material: pink gold
Reference N°: 3525
Case N°: 147849
Bracelet: leather strap
Dimensions: 35 mm
Rolex reference 3525 is also known as the “POW” or prisoner of war watch since it was the model supplied directly by Hans Wilsdorf to captured Western Allied airmen trapped in German camps, including the famous Stalag Luft III which has been the scenario of the movie “The Great Escape” with Steve McQueen.
Moreover this watch is really appreciated for its rarity and unusual structure of the case, also affectionately named “Barilotto” from Italian collectors given the shape of the case which reminds a little barrel. Production of reference 3525 was launched in 1939 and discontinued in 1945, this model was made in stainless steel, yellow and pink gold as well as combined steel and gold (be it yellow or pink). The astounding crisp and unpolished pink gold case and the sharp edges of the lugs render this watch one of the best preserved examples of this reference with a very nice patina which is coming to appear between the pushers and crown. On the case back is still crisp and clearly visible the engraving which reports “Doug Davis for your next vacation take, your time, 1945, Walnut Springs Farm”. The pink dial with tachimeter scale is in good overall conditions, included the dot and Roman numerals in pink gold and the two subsidiary dials. For another similar model please see lot 228 in this auction.