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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1967
    Reference No: 6241 "The Black Rooster"
    Case No: 1’767’325
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 722-1, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel C&I Rolex Oyster bracelet, max. length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped 7.67
    Dimensions: 37.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Displaying a black dial dressed with red and white livery, this reference 6241 is the thematic opposite of Paul Newman’s “Paul Newman” wristwatch.
    No less attractive, it is as appealing and iconic as its ivory colored sibling. This timepiece is preserved in excellent condition. The dial is free of blemishes and the step between the outer track and main portion is distinct. The cherry-red “Daytona” designation is striking and pops out from the ebony background. The luminous dots are round, intact and display
    warm patina.

    Moreover, as the outer track is white, the tip of the seconds chronograph hand is painted black. The C&I Rolex bracelet made for the American market is stamped 67, corresponding to the manufacture year of this watch.

    Surprisingly, watches with ‘exotic’ dials were not particularly popular at the time of production. Today, they are incredibly desirable and have reached cult status, reflecting the market’s evolved tastes and desires.

  • 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. 6241 "The Black Rooster"
A highly rare and exceptionally well-preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black ‘Paul Newman’ dial, tachymeter bezel and bracelet

Circa 1967
37.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF180,000 - 360,000 

Sold for CHF318,500

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Daytona Ultimatum

Geneva Auction 12 May 2018