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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1968
    Reference No: 6241
    Case No: 1'764'846
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 722-1, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, end links stamped 271, max length 210mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: With original Rolex Guarantee signed Malde Arbones Joyeros Real, 78 La Coruña, and dated 18 December 1973 and Rolex booklet

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 6241 was produced approximately from 1966 to 1969. Scholars estimate that no more than 3000 pieces were produced during the model’s manufacture period, and only a small part of them with “Paul Newman” dials.

    Displaying a black dial dressed with red and white livery, this example is most notably preserved in exceedingly well-preserved condition. The dial is free of blemishes and the step between the outer track and main portion is distinct. The large, slanted "T Swiss T" is correct for the period, and the cherry-red “Daytona” designation is striking and pops out from the ebony background. Moreover, the luminous dots are round, intact and display warm patina. The case displays little signs of wear, attesting to its excellent state of presentation.

    Most impressively, it retains the original guarantee, stating the watch was sold on December 18, 1973 in La Coruna, Spain.

  • 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, very well-preserved and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black "Paul Newman" dial, bracelet and guarantee

Circa 1968
37.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
HK$1,200,000 - 2,400,000 
€133,000-265,000
$154,000-308,000

Sold for HK$1,937,500

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