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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1970
    Reference No: 6262
    Case No: 2'552'165
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona, "Paul Newman"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, reference 78350, 19, endlinks stamped 571, max. length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by a Rolex presentation box and one extra link. Furthermore, this watch is presented with an additional stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, stamped 7835, 19, max. length when attached is 185mm, folding deployant clasp stamped 3.71.
    Literature: For other examples of Rolex reference 6262, please see Ultimate Rolex Daytona, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pg. 264-291.

  • Catalogue Essay

    At the beginning of the 1970s, the Cosmograph Daytona reference 6239 handed over the reins to its successor – the reference 6262, which was produced for only a few short years. An all-around more modern chronograph – the 6262 introduced both stylistic and mechanical changes such as a revised lug design and a new, more accurate movement, the caliber 727, which replaced the previous caliber 722-1. The present watch features a so-called “exotic” dial, later named the “Paul Newman” by collectors. There are very few watches in the world that carry such gravitas and desirability amongst collectors as the ‘Rolex Paul Newman Daytona’, from aspiring new collectors to more seasoned ones, hence owning one is a must.
    The present watch features the bright red ‘Daytona’ text at 6 o’clock standing out sharply in contrast with the matte white dial. The stepped outer minute track perfectly matches the black sub-dials with their white graphics. The luminous markers are all present, having aged to a grey-beige tone matching the luminous hands. This example is accompanied with its Rolex presentation box and additional Rolex Oyster bracelet, and is an excellent representation of the coveted “Paul Newman” Daytona.

  • 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
An extremely rare and highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, accompanied by presentation box and additional bracelet

36mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF70,000 - 120,000 

Sold for CHF118,750

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Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016