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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1970
    Reference No: 6264, stamped inside caseback 6241
    Case No: 2’372’858
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona “Musketeer Paul Newman”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Valjoux 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rolex stainless steel Oyster bracelet, reference 7835/19, end links stamped 271, max. length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Literature: The present watch is prominently illustrated in Ultimate Rolex Daytona, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pg. 312-315

  • Catalogue Essay

    Amongst all of the Cosmograph Daytonas, the reference 6264 is considered to be one of the rarest and most exclusive of all Daytona models made by Rolex. In production for a few years in the early 1970s, its release coincided with that of the reference 6262. The two references are nearly identical, except for the bezels. The steel bezel on the 6262 bezel is engraved, whereas the 6264 sports a highly resistant acrylic ring with tachometer scale printed in white. It is understood that only some 1,700 examples in stainless steel were ever made of reference 6264.

    Forever immortalized in the historical tome, “Ultimate Rolex Daytona”, the acclaimed Daytona authority, Pucci Papaleo, chose this very watch to be prominently featured across four pages. Known as The ‘Musketeer’ Paul Newman, it displays similar vessel-shaped, sloping subsidiary registers as the reference 6262 see LOT 50, albeit with a white “grené” finished dial rather than black. Combined with the black acrylic bezel, the color scheme is as good as it gets with the bright red ‘Daytona’ text at 6 o’clock and the red outer seconds scale. Preserved in very original condition, the luminous markers are all present and original, having aged to a grey-beige tone perfectly matching the luminous hands.

    The present lot’s rarity, unmatched attractiveness, stunning dial, and superb overall condition make it one of the most important pump pusher Daytonas to appear on the market in recent years. For the connoisseur of exceptional timepieces, it is a rare opportunity that should not be missed.

  • 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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Ref. 6264, stamped inside caseback 6241
An extremely rare and highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with white matte dial, tachometer bezel, and bracelet.

37.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF100,000 - 200,000 

Sold for CHF179,000

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START-STOP-RESET: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs

Geneva Auction 14 May 2016