A very rare and extremely attractive yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with champagne "Paul Newman" dial

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1968
    Reference No: 6241
    Case No: 1'757'890
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona "Paul Newman"
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal 722, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K gold Rolex pin buckle
    Dimensions: 37.5mm Diameter
    Signed: case, dial, movement and buckle signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Cosmograph Daytona being a watch eminently designed for sportsmen, gold examples are extremely scarce. The other very scarce feature world be Paul Newman dials. Thus, it is obvious that watches combining both a gold case and a Paul Newman dial are destined to be snubbed by the market.

    The present piece is a remarkable example of this category of mythical timepieces. Previously unknown to the market, the watch was purchased by its current owner in the late 1980s. Its dial can without a doubt be considered “best-in-class”: without a trace of wear - down to the very last luminous accent - it is hard to imagine a Paul Newman dial in better condition.

    Considered how the market is focusing ever more on quality, the present example represents an irresistible opportunity for the avid collector who wants to own an unsurpassable specimen.

    A final note of intrigue, the present example is only 3 numbers away from another champagne Paul Newman which was sold by Phillips in Geneva in May 2016.

  • Maker Bio


    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. 6241
A very rare and extremely attractive yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with champagne "Paul Newman" dial

勞力士,「Cosmograph Daytona Paul Newman」型號6241,非常罕有及精細,18K黃金腕錶,配計時功能和香檳金色「Paul Newman」錶盤,約1968年製  勞力士型號6241錶款是運動型時計的一個超凡例子,當中18K 黃金款式共生產極少,極具收藏價值。本拍品配有奢華瑰麗的香檳金色「Paul Newman」錶盤,為難得一見的收藏逸品。由其現任主人於80年代購買。毫無疑問,其錶盤可以被認為是「同類最佳」,且沒有一絲磨損。拍件整體品相優良,為最具收藏價值的古董時計之一。

Circa 1968
37.5mm Diameter
case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$1,650,000 - 3,200,000 

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019