Rolex - START-STOP-RESET: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs Geneva Friday, May 13, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1971
    Reference No: 6262, stamped inside caseback 6239
    Case No: 2’476’779
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona “Musketeer Paul Newman”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Valjoux 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rolex stainless steel Oyster bracelet, end links stamped 271, max. length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel folding deployant clasp, stamped 1.71
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by original Rolex guarantee, presentation box and booklet.
    Literature: A similar example of the present watch is prominently illustrated in the Ultimate Rolex Daytona, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pg 272-275

  • Catalogue Essay

    At the beginning of the 1970s, the 6239 finally hands over the reins to its natural heir: the 6262 reference. In fact, it is a more modern chronograph which features both stylistic and mechanical changes such as the lugs’ design and a new, more accurate movement, the caliber 727, which replaces the previous caliber 722-1.

    Fitted with a very rare “Musketeer Paul Newman” dial, the present lot can be considered one of the rarest, most attractive, and most desirable examples of a 6262 to appear on the market in recent years. Also known as the “Flying Saucer”, the dial features highly unusual, vessel-shaped sub-dials, with slanted outer tracks that encircle concentric circular threads at their centers. The result is a wonderful three-dimensional effect that sets this dial apart from all other Paul Newman-type dials.

    Accompanied with its original Rolex guarantee, presentation box and pouch, combined with its exceptional state of preservation, the present lot is a trophy watch worthy of crowning the world’s most important collections of Rolex wristwatches.

  • 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. 6262, stamped inside caseback 6239
An extremely rare and highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with “flying saucer” black dial and bracelet, accompanied by original Rolex guarantee and presentation box.

36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF100,000 - 200,000 

Sold for CHF161,000

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START-STOP-RESET: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs

Geneva Auction 14 May 2016