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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1970
    Reference No: 6262
    Case No: 2’526’247
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona Paul Newman "Musketeer"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster folded bracelet stamped "7835" and "271" to the endlinks, max length 215mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped "4 68"
    Dimensions: 37mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    At Rolex, 1970 was marked by the launch of two Cosmograph references; the 6262 with the silver bezel and the 6264 with an acrylic bezel. Very similar to the previous generation, these two references were fitted with the upgraded caliber 727. As often in production, the new reference was launched when spare parts from the precedent was still available hence some of the first models produced, like the present one, using a caseback with the previous reference 6239 written inside. Both references were produced for a few years only and were the last Daytona references to be fitted with pump pushers, their screw-pusher counterparts (ref 6263 and 6265) soon overtaking them in popularity.

    Displaying a very rare variant of the “Paul Newman” dial, this tri-color reference 6262 is fitted with the so-called “Musketeer” variation. Usually, Paul Newman dials have a concentric circle pattern (azurage) on the flat subdials. However, on Musketeers dials the azurage covers only two-third of the surface; the remaining outer sector not only is smooth, but it is also sloped: a completely different subdial design than the standard one.

    Presented in excellent condition, this rare dial variation will appeal to the most discerning among Daytona collectors.

  • 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
A very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with Paul Newman "Musketeer" dial and bracelet

Circa 1970
37mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for CHF277,200

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724



The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII

Geneva Auction 8 - 9 May 2021