Rare Early Rolex Chronometre Scientific Wristwatch Ref.2942 c.1937

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The Watch
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You can read James Mulvale's take on this Rare Bird in his Weekly Blog: here
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Ok,Ok..the term Rare tends to be fairly well used in the Vintage Wristwatch World, but with only around 6-10 known examples of this early Rolex Ref.2942, we're pretty sure this guy qualifies.
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The Rolex Scientific line was produced around the mid 1930's and looks to be marketed towards Scientists and their need to record accurate Time whilst performing experiments.
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The 9ct Gold Case is sized 30.5mm diameter, these sizes are typical from the period where elegance was just as important as function.
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This Guy has a wonderful Sector Dial, which is fabricated from two separate pieces of Enamel, with the inner circle fixed to the Movement.
 On the wrist, it's a Watch that will look as good today as it does fifty years from now and it's a watch you could wear daily without ever getting tired of it, featuring a superb design from a bygone age with attractive and well-balanced simplicity.
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We highly recommend you check out James's Blog on this piece.

View this Rarity in a video: here

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The Specs

Age:  Import Marks for Glasgow 1937.
Reference: 2942
Serial Number: 3XXXX
Movement: Manual Wind with Centre Seconds.
Calibre: 10.5 Hunter Ultra Prima.
Timekeeping: Keeping Very Good Time.
Service History: Serviced July 2022
Dial: Original Rolex Factory Two Piece Enamel Sector Dial.
Case: 9ct Gold.
Measurements: Without/With Crown: 30.5mm/32mm End of lug to lug: 35.4mm
Bezel: Solid.
Water Resistant?: No.
Hands: Original Handset. Correct Style Centre Seconds Hand.
Crystal: Correct Style, New.
Crown: Likely to be an Old Replacement.
Strap/Bracelet: On a New Condor Genuine Leather Brown Strap with Gold Plated Buckle.
Lug Width: 17.2mm. Fixed bars.



Getting Acquainted

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Bits that stand out:
- Wonderful Sector Dial.
- Rare Model.
- Precursor of the Iconic Rolex Milgauss.
-  Excellent Quality Movement.
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Nitty Gritty:
-Some faint Hairlines and some tiny chips to the Enamel Dial.
- Two Dings to the 9ct Gold Case. Scratches to Caseback.
-Centre seconds hand is the correct style and colour, however a replacement.
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Overall the Scientific is in good Vintage condition.
The Case has two small dings but to be expected of an 85 year old piece crafted in such a soft Metal.
The crown we think is an old replacement.
Crystal in good nick.
The Dial is in beautiful Vintage Order and looks absolutely fantastic on the Wrist but does have a few hairlines and tiny chips to the enamel. 
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One for the serious Rolex Collector.