This Rolex reference 2508 chronograph was produced in 1942 and is in extraordinarily good condition, earning a mint++ grade. Back in the day, its 35mm diameter by 12.5mm thick case was massive. This is just such a great looking watch, with its silver “ANTIMAGNETIC” dial with blue tachometer scale, applied numerals, barleycorn guilloche ring, and original golden hands.
Please, take a close look at the case in the high definition pictures of this watch. The condition is just unbelievable! The watch is guaranteed authentic and original.
The dial is obviously also perfectly original and untouched and beyond mint. The chronograph minutes totalizer has each of the first three, three minute increments, indicated with a long hash mark, which is because long distance phone calls back then were billed in three minute increments. The dial has a highly technical look, with the telemetre and tachometer scales, which are alongside the chronograph’s seconds chapter. The chronograph’s seconds hand bends down at the tip, and extends to the very edge of the dial, so that each of its three scales can be easily read.
The chronograph hands reset crisply and smoothly (smooth as butter!) to their zero positions. The manual winding column wheel chronograph Rolex Caliber is an improved Valjoux caliber 22 ebauche. Vintage chronograph collectors know that the Valjoux 22 is one of the all time great two-register chronograph movements.
We are genuinely excited about this vintage Rolex chronograph. The condition and how this watch has survived and stayed so clean and mint is amazing. You can hear the movement ticking, and if you don’t get mesmerized looking at this beauty, the music it makes will do the trick!