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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1967
    Reference No: 6239
    Case No: 1’695’326
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona, “Paul Newman”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 722-1, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped “78350,19”, endlinks stamped “571”, max length 175mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “S8”
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Literature: Similar examples have been prominently illustrated in the Ultimate Rolex Daytona by Pucci Papaleo p 184

  • Catalogue Essay

    Making its important debut in 1963, the ref. 6239 was the very first reference to feature “Daytona” on the dial and was also the very first chronograph by the firm to have an engraved tachymeter scale on the bezel instead of the dial. Produced mainly in stainless steel, the reference was also made in 14K and 18K yellow gold. Originally named as the "Le Mans", it was eventually named the "Daytona” after the 24 Hours of Daytona automobile race - a choice possibly also motivated by marketing reason, the USA being at the time a fast-growing market for the company.

    While it was released with either a silver or a black dial, dial supplier Singer made a small batch of what was referred to as “exotic dials” and later known more commonly as “Paul Newman” dials. These rare and exotic dials featured an art-deco inspired graphic and typography compared to regular examples. It is believed that only between 1,000 – 1,500 examples of pump pusher references including 6239, 6241 and 6262 were produced with “Paul Newman” dials.

    The present example Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. 6239 “Paul Newman” from circa 1967 with a 1.69 million serial is an extremely rare sight to behold. While the exotic “Paul Newman” dials began its production during the 1.6 million serial, it is worth noting that the early examples also carries register hands the are fully painted in white, later examples will not have this trait. With a total of three marks of engraved bezel, the present bezel is a period correct MK II bezel indicated by the intervals of 225, 250, and 300. Not only is it a clean example boasting a clean off-white dial, it has also developed a tropical brown patina on all three registers due to natural aging, which brings the rarity of the present timepiece to a whole new level. With attractive luminous material and a nice case with crisp lugs, the numbers in between are also original and untouched.

  • 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 extremely attractive and very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with “Paul Newman” dial, tropical registers and bracelet

Circa 1967
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$2,800,000 - 3,800,000 
€366,000-496,000
$359,000-487,000

Sold for HK$3,402,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)