A remarkably well-preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with off- white ‘Paul Newman’ dial and fitted presentation box, retailed by Joyeria Ricciardi.

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1969
    Reference No: 6263 "Ricciardi Panda" inside case back stamped 6239
    Case No: 2’085’619
    Model Name: Oyster Cosmograph
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal.727, 17jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, end links stamped 71N, max. length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped 2.68 37.5mm diameter
    Dimensions: 37.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed, underside of the lug stamped with retailer number 142625
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex presentation box with retailer’s logo.
    Literature: For a comparable example in literature, please consult Ultimate Rolex Daytona by Pucci Papaleo Editions, pages 348 to 351.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This “Paul Newman” Daytona not only displays the correct attributes of a Mk 1 Panda’ dial, it was also retailed at Joyeria Ricciardi, the famed boutique in Buenos Aires, Argentina. One of the earliest reference 6263s ever produced, this watch is fitted with a Mk 1 dial, which is absolutely correct for the 2.085 million serial number. The small “R” in Rolex, along with non-serifed “Oyster Cosmograph” text distinguishes first series dials.

    The case is fitted with correct first generation ‘millerighe’ pushers, a Mk 1 bezel and 5-point Rolex crown, which displays the coronet only. The inside case back is stamped 6239, as the earliest examples of reference 6263 were fitted with the leftover case backs from earlier models.

    One of the most important features of any “Paul Newman” watch is the dial condition, and this one is as good as it gets. Having aged to a beautiful ivory tone, the dial is free of blemishes or tarnishing. The counters are sunken in, and the ivory ‘deco-style’ graphics are clear and defined. The luminous dots are round, intact and have aged with warm patina, matching the hands.

    The underside of the lug displays the retailer’s stock number 142625, giving the watch its own personal identity. Like other distinguished jewelers, Joyeria Ricciardi personalized its watches. While they did not emblazon their name on the dial, they did stamp their own retailer numbers on the watches. As a nice touch, the presentation box bears the logo of Joyeria Ricciardi.

  • 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 "Ricciardi Panda" inside case back stamped 6239
A remarkably well-preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with off- white ‘Paul Newman’ dial and fitted presentation box, retailed by Joyeria Ricciardi.

Circa 1969
37.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed, underside of the lug stamped with retailer number 142625

Estimate
CHF400,000 - 800,000 

sold for CHF756,500

Contact Specialist
Tiffany To
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 96 63
tto@phillips.com

Daytona Ultimatum

Geneva Auction 12 May 2018