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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 166

    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, guarantee and box


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    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, guarantee and box
    Signed Rolex, Cosmograph Daytona, Paul Newman model, ref. 6239, case no. 2'048'277, manufactured in 1970
    Cal. 722-1 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, black matte dial, applied square numerals with luminous accents, luminous baton hands, outer red fifths of a second divisions on silvered chapter ring, three silvered subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, blank bezel calibrated for 200 units per hour, screw back and screw down crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and clasp stamped 4.68, case, dial and movement signed
    37 mm. diam.

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    With Rolex original Guarantee dated 2 February 1971, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

    The present watch is a fine example of a Cosmograph Daytona reference 6239, featuring all characteristics of this model in production from 1962 until 1976:

    - the much sought after "Paul Newman" dial, also called "tropic" in Rolex's catalogues from the period, used for this reference as of the late 1960s
    - standard "non-Oyster" push down chronograph buttons (as opposed to the screw down version of its "Oyster" peers)
    - blank bezel calibrated for 200 units
    - calibre 722-1 movement, in used during the last years of production

    The particularity of this watch however is the reference number stamped into its case back, namely 6242. Neither used for any of Rolex's models nor published in literature or sales catalogues, its origins remain a mystery.

    Special Notice

    Prospective buyers should be aware that the importation of Rolex watches into the United States is highly restricted. Rolex watches may not be shipped into the USA and can only be imported personally. Generally a buyer may import only one watch into the USA. For further information please contact our specialists in charge of the sale. Please note other countries may have comparable import restrictions for luxury watches.


    The Mondani Collection of Rolex Wristwatches, Antiquorum, Geneva 13 May 2006, lot 270.