Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: X Hong Kong Friday, July 10, 2020 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1970
    Reference No: 6264, inside caseback stamped 6241
    Case No: 2’372’877
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona “Paul Newman”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped "7835,19", endlinks stamped “371”, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by original Rolex fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    With a legendary status among collectors of vintage Rolex timepieces, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Paul Newman timepieces are most certainly rare gems. The reference 6264 is an interesting reference in the lineage and produced in very limited quantities in the early 1970’s. As a transitional reference, the 6264 features the classic style pump pushers with the absence of screw-down. With that said, when the caseback is opened, one can see that it is fitted with the new and upgraded caliber 727, instead of the caliber 722 featured in 6239 and 6241 similarly references without screw-down pushers. Featuring a black bezel insert similar to the ref. 6241, the 6264 was also launched with a solid metal bezel counterpart, the ref. 6262. It is believed that with the four references combined 6239, 6241, 6262 and 6264 no more than 16,300 examples has ever been produced with approximately 1120 examples encased in gold.

    The present example is a beautiful and rare Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. 6264 with black “Paul Newman” dial in stainless steel. Featuring a tri-coloured dial correct for stainless steel models, the absence of “OYSTER” under “Rolex” is also correct for pump pusher references. Furthermore, the present example displays the correct style of typography typically seen in examples of 6264 fitted with Paul Newman dials with softer serifs. In attractive condition, the case is well-proportioned and features nicely positioned pinholes with balanced lugs, and a correct Twinlock 600 crown. With an all original black “Paul Newman” dial, the present ref. 6264 is a nice example that collectors of vintage timepieces will certainly appreciate.

  • 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. 6264, inside caseback stamped 6241
An attractive and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black “Paul Newman” dial, bracelet and box

Circa 1970
37.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$780,000 - 1,560,000 

Sold for HK$937,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: X

Hong Kong Auction 10 July 2020