1942 Rolex Oyster Chronographe 3525


“The Great Escape ”

Case: The sharp previously polished 35mm case is excellent showing only light wear for its age. The smooth previously polished bezel is also in excellent condition showing only light wear from use.

Dial: The silver dial is excellent showing some light patina across its surface. The lume has aged to a dark sage hue with the 11 o'clock marker missing part of its luminous mass. The hands appear to have been relumed at some point in the past but match the lume plots tonally.

Bracelet: The 12 link Swiss rivet Oyster bracelet is excellent showing only extremely light stretch for its age. The clasp is stamped with a 1951 date code.

Accessories: None.

Notes: While attempts to connect this reference to the real life events that inspired the 1963 film "The Great Escape" are about as transparent as the attempts to connect that films leading actor to the 1655 reference. It's nonetheless remarkable that throughout WWII, Rolex ran a program to supply Allied POWs with watches on the promise that they would be paid for when the soldier or pilot returned home.

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Year 1942
Brand Rolex
Model Oyster Chronographe
Reference 3525
Serial 150XXX