1935 Rolex "Disco Volante" Flying Saucer Style Vintage Mens Steel Ref. 2947 Watch - Exceedingly Rare


Item No. 8392SH

Today's offering showcases this exceedingly rare and virtually unknown reference 2947 Rolex done in the "Disco Volante" Flying Saucer style.

The very-rare-but-still-more-common-than-this-model traditionally referred to as the UFO, Flying Saucer, or "Disco Volante" in Italian, is the ref. 3190 which has sweep seconds and a screw back. It was made concurrent with this watch, the virtually unknown ref. 2947.

Our extensive research turned up no other examples ever seen or discussed on the internet and only one to ever come up at auction - thirty-two years ago at Antiquorum. While we are not suggesting that only two examples exist, an extensive search could not find any other or any mention of another.

It has a wonderfully styled case done in the shape of a flying saucer. Powering the watch is a Rolex chronometer "hunter" movement originally adjusted to six positions and marked Chronometer.

Note: The dial and movement have previously been swapped by a watchmaker with a period correct one from a Rolex Viceroy which is why the dial is marked Oyster Royal. The movement is the same caliber as the original.

Its case, which has a really pleasing and rare design and well-balances function with interesting form, is in excellent condition with only light wear around the underside not visible when it's being worn. It strongly retains its original case number.

Note that the case back has been snapped back on in perfect alignment since the photos were taken.

One of our Master Watchmakers has fully serviced the watch as it is which consists of fully disassembling it down to the last screw. Photos of the inside available upon request.

For the finishing touch, we have equipped it with a brand new Hirsch strap, and it comes with a period correct Rolex buckle making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function and a full-page custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.

An exceedingly rare and cool Disco Volante Rolex.

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Serial no.: 036,506
  • Year built: c. 1935
  • Model: Ref. 2947, Disco Volante
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Subsidiary Seconds
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Case markings (inside): Rolex, Geneve Suisse, 27 Records Universeles, SAR\
  • Case marking (outside): Rolex stamped inside a coronet, 036,506, 2947
  • Case condition: Excellent condition with only light wear around the underside not visible when its being worn. It strongly retains its original case number.
  • Dimensions: 33.5mm wide (excluding crown)
  • Crown: Correctly unsigned
  • Dial: Three color, the main color was silver originally, now warmed to a tropical sepia tone, with outer darker railroad minute track and inner salmon tone sector track, signed Rolex, luminous Arabic numerals at the primary hours and and luminous batons at the lesser.
  • Hands: Blue steel luminous "Mercedes"
  • Movement type: Rolex hunter, nickel finished 17-jewel lever movement with Breguet overcoil hairspring, index regulator, adjusted to six positions, Super Balance system
  • Movement markings: Rolex, Chronometer, Swiss Made, 18 Jewels, Timed 6 positions
  • Band: Hirsch diamond calf, remborde, designed for fixed lug watches, brand new and unworn with period correct Rolex buckle
  • Width between lugs: 17mm
  • Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition
  • Serviced: One of our Master Watchmakers who used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealer and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center to be an authorized Rolex watchmaker (for many years now Rolex does not "certify" they only "train"), has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components with genuine Rolex parts, installing a new correct mainspring and crown gasket, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and timing, testing and regulation (a $795 value).
  • Timing: Timed on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of four watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts.
  • Warranty: 1-year C.O.T. international warranty.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity
  • Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our client's expectations throughout the buying experience.

All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail, and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier. International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.

The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed to be waterproof.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide


Category: Rolex, Subsidiary Seconds


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