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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1971
    Reference No: 6262, inside case back stamped 6239
    Case No: 2'379'276
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona "Paul Newman"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Mechanical, 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 180 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding clasp stamped Rolex USA 1-71
    Dimensions: 37 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Provenance: From an Important Private Collector
    Literature: For a similar example of a reference 6262, please see Ultimate Rolex Daytona by Pucci Papaleo, pages 276 to 279.

  • Provenance

    From an Important Private Collector

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex Cosmograph Daytonas fitted with the highly sought after "Paul Newman" dials have increased tremendously in terms of value and collectability in recent years. The present example is in extremely well preserved condition and sits at the top of the tree when it comes to those kept in such an honest and charismatic way.

    In order to truly appreciate the present watch, one must pay particular attention to its dial. The black enamel serifed graphics, red Daytona, white grené field, sunken black chapter ring with white second scale and black subsidiary registers with white graphics are all in excellent condition. Each luminous dot has consistently aged into a warm orange tone and there have been no losses of the lumes at all.

    This 6262 is a very distinguished example and ticks every box for one looking for a great "Paul Newman".

  • 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. 6262, inside case back stamped 6239
A very fine and very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, "Paul Newman"

1971
37 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$620,000 - 1,000,000 

Sold for HK$1,132,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am