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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1969
    Reference No: 6262; inside caseback stamped 6239
    Case No: 2’379’270
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona “Paul Newman”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed.
    Literature: For a similar example of a Rolex reference 6262 with exotic dial, please see Ultimate Rolex Daytona by Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 276-279.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Carefully looked after by the original owner for nearly half a century, and then passed to his daughter, the current reference 6262 with beautifully preserved “Paul Newman” dial is a testament to one man’s impeccable taste and careful stewardship. Rather than the tri-color dial often seen on references 6239 and 6241 as well as some references 6262 and 6264, this slightly later example boasts the coveted Paul Newman “Panda” dial, with a bi-color layout – the only red being the “Daytona” text above the hour counter.

    Together with reference 6264, fitted with a black acrylic bezel, the metal bezel 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 aesthetically similar to its predecessor reference 6239, reference 6262 was fitted with the upgraded Valjoux movement caliber 727, replacing the previous caliber 722-1. One minor aesthetic difference can be found in the slight architectural redesign of the lugs on the 6262 versus the earlier 6239 – they are slightly more elongated.

    A finer example of an extremely rare reference, consigned by the daughter of the original owner, will be most difficult to find ever again.

  • 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; inside caseback stamped 6239
A very fine, extremely rare, and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with “Paul Newman” dial

Circa 1969
36.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed.

CHF100,000 - 200,000 

Sold for CHF200,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE

Geneva Auction 11-12 May 2019