Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN Hong Kong Monday, November 26, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1968
    Reference No: 6241
    Case No: 1'947'409
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona, "Paul Newman"
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 722-1, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Dimensions: 37.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 6241 was manufactured from approximately 1966 to 1969. It is among the rarest Daytona models ever produced. Research indicates that less than 300 examples were cased in 18K yellow gold. A so-called “John Player Special”, the present watch, fresh to the market, is an exceedingly rare variant of the “Paul Newman” model. It is notably one of a few handful of known “John Player Specials” cased in 18K yellow gold.

    In 1972, John Player & Sons sponsored the Lotus Formula One team, which emblazoned the cigarette maker’s logo on its cars. Clad in black and gold livery to match John Player & Sons’ corporate colours, the Formula One car became an instant hit and icon. Donning the same colours, the “John Player Special Paul Newman” shares its name with the racing vehicle. While the watch was conceived some years before the car and has no relation to the sporting event, the similarities between the two are absolutely uncanny, from the contrasting black and gold graphics, to the intricate trim and details.

    This watch is distinguished by its dial's unmatched and astounding condition. Free of imperfections, it features round and complete luminous dots that are consistent in colour, even when viewed under the telling rays of a black ultraviolet light. The hands furthermore match the dial, and both display warm yellow patina. The case, too, is preserved in excellent condition with charming signs of oxidation on the sides.

    Interesting to mention is that the offered lot is few numbers away from the probably unique reference 6241 in 18k yellow gold with “John Player Special” dial retailed by Hermes sold at Geneva Watch Auction Two,
    Lot 222.

  • 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 highly attractive and rare yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with black "Paul Newman" dial displaying contrasting gold registers

37.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement signed

HK$3,900,000 - 7,800,000 

Sold for HK$6,100,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018