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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1971
    Reference No: 6262 "The Exotic Flat"
    Case No: 2'733'494
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual ,cal.727, 17jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, end links stamped 271, max. length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped 2.71
    Dimensions: 36.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Literature: For a comparable example, please consult the book Ultimate Rolex Daytona by Pucci Papaleo Editions, pages 280 to 283.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Displaying yet another variant of a “Paul Newman” dial, this tri-color reference 6262 is preserved in astoundingly pristine condition. Reference 6262, along with its acrylic bezel sibling reference 6264, was produced for a few years only during the early 1970s. They were the last Daytona references to be fitted with pump pushers and were fitted with an upgraded caliber 727.

    While similar to the “exotic” dials of reference 6239 and 6241, this variant displays slight changes. Most notably, the “T Swiss T” designation at 6 o’clock is flatter than its predecessors and no longer displays a pyramid shape. The counters have aged slightly, showing this watch’s originality and untouched state. Of particular note is the relatively “flat” appearance of the subsidiary registers, which is a particularly rare dial variant.

    Furthermore, the case condition is outstanding. Featuring sharp edges and satin finishes on the top of the lugs, its state of preservation is truly remarkable. The case and reference numbers between the lugs are crisp. The bracelet date corresponds with the year of manufacture. Impressively, the original factory sticker is still intact on the case back.

    Consigned by the grandchildren of the original owner, a prominent physician in Buenos Aires, this watch was originally a present from the family of a patient whose life he saved. Later on, the grandfather gave this watch to his son as a wedding gift, who subsequently bequeathed it to his three children. Both grandfather and son loved watches and were incredibly proud of this Daytona. They hardly ever wore it, which explains its remarkable condition.

  • 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 "The Exotic Flat"
A wonderfully preserved and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black ‘Paul Newman’ dial displaying ‘flat’ registers, factory sticker and bracelet

Circa 1971
36.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF150,000 - 300,000 

Sold for CHF262,500

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Daytona Ultimatum

Geneva Auction 12 May 2018