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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1972
    Reference No: 6265
    Case No: 2'921'275
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona, 'Paul Newman' Panda
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, stamped 78350, end links stamped 571, max. length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Later stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped 78350 and AB6
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex’s Paul Newman chronograph watches are among the most sought after and desirable in the market today. The so-called ‘exotic dial’, later nickname after the famed American actor, was featured on several references, from the early 6239 to later examples like the 6263 and 6265. Both with screw down chronograph pushers, they replaced the first Oyster model, reference 6240. The watches had an upgraded movement with the caliber 727, and a slightly thicker case. While the 6263 had a black acrylic bezel, the 6265 had a stainless steel bezel.

    The present example is preserved in excellent condition with factory finishes to the lugs, and nice overall proportions. The desirable 'Panda' dial is lovely with luminous material that has aged to a light brown, and matching to the hands. The registers are clean and free of blemishes. In today's market where condition and originality is king, this wonderful reference 6265 is a must have watch from the important line of Rolex Cosmograph chronographs.

  • 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. 6265
A rare and exceptional stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with 'Paul Newman' Panda dial and bracelet

Circa 1972
36mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$1,200,000 - 2,000,000 

Sold for HK$3,340,000

Contact Specialist
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FIVE

Hong Kong Auction 28 November 2017