An extremely rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with “Paul Newman” dial and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1969
    Reference No: 6264
    Case No: 2’425’708, inside caseback stamped 6241
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona, "Paul Newman"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, stamped 7205, endlinks stamped 57, max length 200mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp, stamped 2.69
    Dimensions: 37.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The reference 6264 holds an interesting place within the pantheon of the Daytona Cosmograph, as it acts as a bridge between the old guard, and new. Produced in very limited numbers for just a few years in the early 1970s, the watch featured the upgraded caliber 727 and black acrylic bezel, but it retained the non-screw-down chronograph pushers. Manufactured alongside the reference 6262, the engraved steel bezel model, both models would be the last to feature pump pushers, as the introduction of the of screw-down pushers cemented the design of the watch, and made it a truly “Oyster” chronograph as we see in the reference 6263 and 6265.

    Along with the rarity of the model, the present watch also is eye catching due to the “Paul Newman” dial. The black subsidiary seconds on the white grainé with the red “Daytona” signature makes the watch very attractive. Preserved in very nice condition and with its original and correct Mk1, this rare reference with delightful “Paul Newman” dial is sure to please the most discerning of collectors.

  • 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. 6264
An extremely rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with “Paul Newman” dial and bracelet

勞力士,「Cosmograph Daytona」型號6264,非常罕有及重要,精鋼鏈帶腕錶,配計時功能和「Paul Newman」錶盤,約1969年製

Circa 1969
37.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
HK$1,200,000 - 2,400,000 
€132,000-264,000
$154,000-308,000

sold for HK$3,040,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2018