An exceptionally well-preserved and rare stainless steel chronograph with Paul Newman dial, mocha ‘tropical’ subsidiary registers and tachymeter bezel

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1968
    Reference No: 6241 "Moka Luke"
    Case No: 1’991’911
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 722-1, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex buckle
    Dimensions: 37.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 6241 was produced approximately from 1966 to 1969. Scholars estimate that no more than 3000 pieces were produced during the model’s manufacture period, and only a small part of them with “Paul Newman” dials.

    Nicknamed “Moka Luke”, this wristwatch pays tribute to Paul Newman’s character in the movie Cool Hand Luke. While its dial configuration is identical to Paul Newman’s “Paul Newman” watch, it also boasts mocha ‘tropical’ registers that have aged beautifully. As with all correct ‘tropical’ dials, the white graphics inside the counters are clear and bright, showing they have not been meddled with. A mix between black and brown, the registers have the potential to become even more brown, intense and rich with time. The ivory portion of the dial has also aged gracefully and exhibits an even vanilla tone. The luminous dots are intact, and display warm patina.

    The “Paul Newman” dials of references 6239 and 6241 have several peculiarities. They are incredibly three dimensional, featuring a step between the outer register and the main background. Towards the end of the 1960s, the “T Swiss T” designation positioned at 6 o’clock was printed with a slight slant and thus dubbed the “sing-a-song” to collectors, which we see on this example. Later generation dials would feature a flatter “T Swiss T” script, no longer in a pyramid shape.

    Other details on this timepiece include the Mk 1 bezel, which is correct for reference 6241 and gives the watch a lot of presence on the wrist. The case features bold proportions and a crisp finish on the case back.

  • 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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Rolex

Ref. 6241 "Moka Luke"
An exceptionally well-preserved and rare stainless steel chronograph with Paul Newman dial, mocha ‘tropical’ subsidiary registers and tachymeter bezel

Circa 1968
37.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF180,000 - 360,000 

sold for CHF372,500

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

Daytona Ultimatum

Geneva Auction 12 May 2018