A fine, extremely rare and exceptionally well preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with Mark 2 "Paul Newman" dial and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1972
    Reference No: 6265 inside caseback stamped 6262
    Case No: 2'921'317
    Model Name: Oyster Cosmograph "Paul Newman Panda"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, reference 7835, end links stamped 357, max length 210mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped 3.72
    Dimensions: 37mm Diameter.
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by fitted Rolex presentation box, Guarantee dates December 16, 1972 and original invoice. Further accompanied by an extra Oyster bracelet reference 7835, end links stamped 357

  • Catalogue Essay

    There are many reasons to love vintage watches. Some watches are collectible because of their popularity while others are appreciated because of their historical importance and the stories they have to tell. Rarely can a watch provide satisfaction equally on all three levels, but the following watch does so amply. It is needless to state that the Rolex Cosmograph with “Paul Newman” dial is currently one of the most coveted vintage timepieces, especially with screw-down pushers like the present reference 6265. Adding to the appeal and desirability of this watch is the fact that it comes from its original owner and as such is accompanied by its original box, Rolex guarantee, and invoice dated 1972. In addition, the watch features the correct Mark 2 dial, correct pushers, and bracelet (buckle stamped 2.72) and comes to auction in excellent condition, having been worn only a handful of times.

    The owner of this reference 6265 received the watch during his early teens, during which he developed a profound love for motorcross racing – competing at the amateur level with others much older than him. His parents considered the watch suitable for a young man so enthusiastic about motor sports because of the chronograph function and great looks.

    However, the watch was treated carefully and worn on very few occasions, including once during a school exam for good luck. The watch eventually spent time near the muddy paths (but carefully hidden under a cuff), as it was used during motocross trips through Scandinavia and Canada during the seventies and eighties.

    The owner has now decided to part ways with the his lifelong timekeeper, stating: “I now present it for a new owner to appreciate and cherish, such as I have enjoyed and been so fortunate to own for so many years.”

    The present reference 6265 is nicknamed “Panda" due to the dial's exotic black and white color scheme, which mimics the colors on the face of the delightful bear. In an interesting twist of fate, the Daytona chronographs with “Paul Newman” dials, which are avidly sought after today, were quite unpopular upon launch, and this lack of commercial success led Rolex to produce very limited.

    The dial of the present lot is superbly preserved and presents a delicate balance of cream and black color scheme that is enhanced by the art deco style of the font used and the hash marks with small squares found on the subsidiary dials so characteristic of “Paul Newman” style dials.

    Fitted with a rarely seen steel bezel,fresh to the market from original owner, and in superb condition, this highly sought-after Rolex Cosmograph would make a fine addition to any collection.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 6265 inside caseback stamped 6262
A fine, extremely rare and exceptionally well preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with Mark 2 "Paul Newman" dial and bracelet

1972
37mm Diameter.
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF300,000 - 500,000 
€264,000-440,000
$307,000-512,000

sold for CHF444,500

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 89
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT

Geneva Auction 10-11 November 2018