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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1967
    Reference No: 6239
    Movement No: 1’781’578
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona “Paul Newman”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 722, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, reference 7835 endlinks stamped 71, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp, stamped K6
    Dimensions: 37 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by original Rolex guarantee dated December 24, 1969, service invoices, Rolex service document dated March 19 2008, instruction booklet, Rolex green folder and presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch is an attractive example and features the “Paul Newman” three-colour dial. The exotic dial created by Rolex was initially not generally accepted, however, over time became one of the most iconic models to own. Named by Italian collectors after the famed American actor, the dials were offered in three colour combinations, white background with black subsidiary dials, the opposite, or three colour combination with black, white and red.

    Purchased in 1969, the history of this example fully embodies the core values that made the Daytona the icon it is today. The present lot is further accompanied by the original guarantee booklet, service invoices dating in 1972 and another in 2008 and box which is a rare feat to have. This model is one of the most iconic Daytonas ever produced, a trophy watch worthy.

  • 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. 6239
An iconic, rare and highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with “Paul Newman” dial, presentation box, original guarantee and invoices

Circa 1967
37 mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$1,800,000 - 2,500,000 
€199,000-276,000
$231,000-321,000

Sold for HK$1,812,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018