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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1971
    Reference No: 6263, stamped 6239 inside the case back
    Case No: 2'653'749
    Model Name: Oyster Cosmograph "Paul Newman Panda"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster folding link, 7835/19, end links stamped 271, max length 200mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex "Paul Newman" has been named by collectors after the famous actor who has been wearing one for many years. The present example is nicknamed the “Panda” as it has an off-white matte dial with black subsidiary dials and outer chapter ring.

    The dial amongst collectors is referenced as a “Mark III”, based on the configuration and print of the text. Fitted with an acrylic bezel, the reference is also recognized by its screw-down pushers, which were introduced after the earlier pump pushers.

    Additionally, a recognizable trait of reference 6263 would be the subsidiary dials. The art-deco style of the font used and the hash marks with small squares found on the subsidiary dial are the characteristics found in “Paul Newman” style dials.

    The present watch was well preserved by the owner, and kept in very good condition. This example is fitted with the beautiful riveted Oyster bracelet, adding to the watch’s sporty aesthetic. In a world where to a savvy collector of vintage watches, a Rolex Daytona is a must have, an example with a "Paul Newman" dial is a dream. An "Oyster Paul Newman Panda" is clearly above that and one of the ultimate watches a Rolex passionate can aspire to.

  • Artist Biography

    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, stamped 6239 inside the case back
A very rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet

1971
37.5mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for CHF341,000

Contact Specialist
Nathalie Monbaron
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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm