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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 399

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


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    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet
    Signed Rolex, Cosmograph Daytona, Paul Newman model, ref. 6241, case no. 1'083'441, manufactured in 1964
    Cal. 722 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, white matte dial, applied square numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, outer red fifths of a second divisions on black chapter ring, three engine-turned black subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, black 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
    38 mm. diam.

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    Reference 6241 was introduced into the market in the early 1960s and remained in production until around 1969. Available in stainless steel, 14K and 18K gold, it was fitted with the "non-Oyster" or "non-screw down" chronograph buttons and a bezel with black plastic insert, the tachymetre scale printed in white. The dials featured the designations "Rolex Cosmograph" but not always the "Daytona". The so-called "tropical" Paul Newman dials also available for reference 6241 were either two-coloured white/cream and black or three-coloured, such as the present watch, with the addition of the red seconds scales.

    The present watch, manufactured in 1964, the year of introduction of the model, is a very early example of this reference, featuring still the old, round case version. As of around 1966, the shape of the cases was modified to a more tonneau form. Consigned by a private collector, the watch is furthermore preserved in very good overall condition.

    For detailed descriptions and illustrations of reference 6241 see Rolex Daytona - a legend is born by Carlo Pergola, Stefano Mazzariol, Giovanni Dosso, pp. 94-108. Different versions of reference 6241 in regard to case material and dial layout are furthermore described and illustrated in I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 312-319.

    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.

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