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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1969
    Reference No: 6241
    Case No: 2'036'570
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona "Paul Newman"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 722-1, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped "57" to the endlinks
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped "4 68"
    Dimensions: 37.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The production of vintage (manually-wound) Cosmograph Daytona wristwatches can be divided into two main groups: four later references featuring caliber 727 (launched in the late 1960s) and three earlier models featuring earlier calibers (72B, 722, 722-1); it is in these first references that the collector finds the earliest incarnations of all the most beloved features that today define the Cosmograph Daytona.

    This group comprises reference 6239, reference 6240 and the present 6241. Reference 6241 is particularly interesting as, together with reference 6240, it marks the first appearance of the bezel with black acrylic insert, while earlier reference 6239 had a metal bezel. However, it still shares the non-screw pushers of its older brother. The model was introduced a couple years after reference 6239, and remained in production at least until 1969. It will evolve into reference 6264 which also features the same details (pump pushers, black insert bezel) but features cal. 727 and some minor differences to the case design.

    The present example of reference 6241 is highlighted by the presence of an exceptionally well-preserved Paul Newman dial. As expected for a 6241 with circa 2 million serial numbers, the T Swiss T designation is in “sing-a-song” style, with shorter extremities and taller centre. Furthermore, the present dial presents a very strong 'step' to the outer track. One of the defining features of the Paul Newman dial is its tridimensionality: not only the subsidiary dials are recessed, but the outer track as well. A very complex production technique was necessary to make such detail, and the semi-industrial process resulted in different batches having different accentuation of the step to the outer track. In this instance, it is highly prominent, subtly amplifying the unmistakable aesthetics of what is arguably the most beloved and recognizable vintage dial configuration ever drawn.

  • 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
A fine and very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with Paul Newman dial and bracelet

Circa 1969
37.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$1,200,000 - 2,000,000 

Sold for HK$1,937,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2018