A rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with “Paul Newman” dial with outer red 1/5 seconds divisions, bracelet, Rolex presentation box and original guarantee

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1970
    Reference No: 6239
    Case No: 2'045'537
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona, "Paul Newman"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 722-1, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel riveted Rolex Oyster bracelet, stamped 6635, end links stamped 57
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp, stamped 2.65
    Dimensions: 37mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by original Rolex guarantee dated September 15, 1970, original Rolex hang tag, Rolex green leather presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch is an attractive example from 1970 and features the now famous “Paul Newman” three-colour dial. The exotic dial created by Rolex was initially not generally accepted, however, over time became one of the most iconic models to own. Named by Italian collectors after the famed American actor, the dials were offered in three colour combinations, white background with black subsidiary dials, the opposite, or three colour combination with black, white and red. The present dial is signed with the iconic brand name “Daytona”, which was added to the dial upon their sponsorship of the American racetrack. The engraved third series bezel has the “Units Per Hour” to the far right of the bezel at the three o’clock, calculated to 200 units and is in very clean condition. The luminous track has aged, along with the hands to a light brown. The present lot is further accompanied by the original guarantee booklet and sale tag which is a rare feat to have.

  • 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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Rolex

Ref. 6239
A rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with “Paul Newman” dial with outer red 1/5 seconds divisions, bracelet, Rolex presentation box and original guarantee

勞力士,「Cosmograph Daytona」型號6239 ,重要及罕有,精鋼鏈帶腕錶,配計時功能和「Paul Newman」錶盤,約1970年製。附錶盒、保證書

Circa 1970
37mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
HK$1,200,000 - 2,000,000 
€132,000-220,000
$154,000-256,000

sold for HK$1,500,000

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