A very rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and original box

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1971
    Reference No: 6263, stamped 6239 inside the case back
    Case No: 2'648'400
    Model Name: Oyster Cosmograph "Paul Newman "Panda"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, 727
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, reference 1835, end links stamped 271
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp, stamped 1. 72
    Dimensions: 37mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Rolex fitted presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 6263 in stainless steel fitted with the famous Oyster Paul Newman dial is generally divided into two types; off-white dial with black subsidiary dials and outer black ring, tenderly nicknamed “Panda” due to its looks (and Oyster printed on the second line) and black dial with white subsidiary dials and white outer ring, known as “Oyster Sotto” (“Oyster underneath” in Italian) since the Oyster designation is on the third line.This very attractive “Panda” is a most original and superbly preserved example, still retaining the correct Mk1 pushers and bezel. The unrestored dial displays warm colours and, in certain angles under light, the dark subsidiary dials and outer ring show subtle tones of brown.Few vintage wristwatches combine in such perfect manner everything a demanding collector could expect like this 6263 Oyster Paul Newman: Looks, rarity, condition, exclusivity and, most importantly, wearability. To many Rolex collectors a fine Paul Newman example from the famed Cosmograph Daytona family is a perfect watch. Few dare wishing for a Oyster Paul Newman given its rarity and popularity amongst aficionados.

  • 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. 6263, stamped 6239 inside the case back
A very rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and original box

1971
37mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF150,000 - 250,000 

sold for CHF353,000

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