A rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black dial and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1970
    Reference No: 6262, stamped 6239 inside the caseback
    Case No: 2'416'759
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona "Paul Newman"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Valjoux 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, reference 7835 19, end links stamped 271, max length 205mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex Daytona has become increasingly popular and valuable in recent years. Paul Newman dials are specially sought after because of the rarity of their production and their iconic status. The Rolex reference 6262 was introduced in the beginning of the 1970s and was fitted with the new Valjoux 727 caliber, the Daytona signature subsequently was moved above the 12 hour register.

    In order to truly appreciate the present lot, one must pay particular attention to its dial, especially the subcounters which have a "flying saucer" shape, the concentric threads within the counters cover only two thirds of the surface, the periphery being a blank slanting track, this slope distinguishes the dial from other Paul Newman dials. The black serifed graphics, red Daytona, black grené dial, sunken white chapter ring with red second scale are not only all in excellent condition but provide for a gripping and dramatic effect. Each luminous dot has consistently aged into a warm khaki color.

    The condition of the present example, which is offered by a member of the original owner's family, must be described as excellent and will definitely be a jewel in the collection of the discerning aficionado.

  • 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, stamped 6239 inside the caseback
A rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black dial and bracelet

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

Estimate
CHF70,000 - 120,000 
€64,300-110,000
$72,100-124,000

sold for CHF131,250

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016