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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1970
    Reference No: 6263, inside case back stamped 6239
    Case No: 2'197'844
    Model Name: Oyster Cosmograph ‘Paul Newman’
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Mechanical, 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 195 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another example of a reference 6263 with a ‘Panda Paul Newman’ dial, please see The Ultimate Rolex Daytona by Pucci Papaleo, pages 352 and 353.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The ‘Paul Newman’ has become one of the most fashionable and demanded vintage wristwatches on the market today. The ‘Panda’ is perhaps the most sought after of the ‘Paul Newman’ series.

    The present example is considered a MK1, is fresh to the market and in outstanding, original and very charismatic condition. The dial is a MK1 or MK1.5, where the serifs to the ‘Rolex’ signature is slightly different to later generations and the ‘Oyster Cosmograph’ signature has no serifs. The watch also still retains its original MK1 pushers and bracelet stamped for 1970. The case is wonderful with sharp edges and milled finish and features incredibly crisp numbers in between the lugs. It is rare for all components of a vintage Rolex to be original.

    The quality and originality of the present example puts this watch into another level completely.

  • Artist Biography


    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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Property from the Original Owner


Ref. 6263, inside case back stamped 6239
An extremely fine and highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with 'Paul Newman' dial and bracelet

Circa 1970
37.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$1,500,000 - 2,500,000 

Sold for HK$3,920,000

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Head of Watches, Asia
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR

Hong Kong Auction 30 May 2017