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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1968
    Reference No: 6241
    Case No: 1'764'753
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona, “Paul Newman”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 722-1, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster riveted bracelet, stamped 6635, endlinks stamped 57, max length 230mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped 3.70
    Dimensions: 37.5 mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Literature: For another example of the reference 6241 “Paul Newman”, see Pucci Papaleo, Ultimate Rolex Daytona, by pp 232-5.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex produced the 6241 for a relatively short period of time from 1965 until 1969, and it was available in stainless steel, 14k and 18k gold as well with the Paul Newman dials or the traditional standard dial. It is believed approximately 2700 examples were made, with the majority in stainless steel, 300 in 18k and 400 in 14k gold. This manually wound non-screw down chronograph, along with the reference 6240, featured the black acrylic bezel for the first time. As is well-known in Rolex design history, the tachometer scale featured on earlier “pre-Daytona” models like the reference 6234 and 6238 featured the scale on the dial, with the reference 6239, Rolex moved the tachometer to a stainless steel bezel, making the dial more readable with a clean look.

    The present example is a nice representation of the model, and highlighted by the “Paul Newman” dial that one expects for a watch with a 1’764 serial number. The "T Swiss T" designation is in the sing-song style with short ends and a taller middle. An iconic wristwatch with a cool vibe, this is an excellent opportunity to own one of the most desirable watches on the market today.

  • 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. 6241
A rare and fine stainless steel chronograph with “Paul Newman” dial with white dial, tachometer bezel and riveted bracelet

Circa 1968
37.5 mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$560,000 - 800,000 
€61,900-88,400
$71,800-103,000

Sold for HK$962,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
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Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
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Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018