A highly rare and most attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with "Paul Newman" dial

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1970
    Reference No: 6262 inside case back stamped 6239
    Case No: 2’475’458
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona "Paul Newman"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Tropic
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 36.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Together with reference 6264, reference 6262 was the last Rolex chronograph watch to be fitted with pump pushers. Reference 6240, 6263 and 6265 all feature water resistant screw down pushers. While physically similar to its predecessor reference 6239, reference 6262 was fitted with the upgraded Valjoux movement caliber 727.

    The present watch is fitted with a beautiful "Paul Newman" dial, which is instantly recognizable due to its Art-Deco-style numerals within the subsidiary registers. While Paul Newman himself donned an exotic dial reference 6239, his name is forever synonymous with exotic dialed Cosmograph wristwatches.

    Its black on white grené dial, coupled with red "Daytona" text, makes for an incredibly eye-catching and attractive wristwatch. The luminous dots have aged to a pleasing warm yellow tone, matching the hands.

  • 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. 6262 inside case back stamped 6239
A highly rare and most attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with "Paul Newman" dial

Circa 1970
36.5mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF120,000 - 180,000 
€103,000-154,000
$127,000-191,000

sold for CHF187,500

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 81
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN

Geneva Auction 12-13 May 2018