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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 179

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

    SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, REF. 6239, CASE NO. 1’958’591, CIRCA 1969

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    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with Paul Newman dial and bracelet
    Signed Rolex, Cosmograph, Daytona, ref. 6239, case no. 1’958’591, circa 1969
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 722-1, 17 jewels
    DIAL: silvered matte dial, square numerals, luminous hands, black outer chapter ring with red minute and second divisions, three sunken engine-turned black subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers
    CASE: stainless steel tonneau-shaped, bezel with tachymeter scale calibrated for 300 units per hour, screw back, screw down crown, two chronograph buttons in the band, 36 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement signed
    BRACELET/CLASP: stainless steel Rolex Oyster riveted bracelet, overall length of bracelet approx. 180 mm.
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Rolex plastic pouch with two service invoices dated 1985 and 1989.


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    The Daytona reference 6239 offered here for sale features a very rare an unusual Paul Newman dial without luminous dots. Further to our researches to authenticate the dial we noticed that a few similar pieces, without luminous dots, were delivered to Japan at the beginning of the 70’s. As a result, we could assume that a special batch of the reference 6239 was ordered without the luminous material especially for the country of the rising sun, probably to minimize the tritium incidence on the watch’s wearer. However the luminous indication remained on hands to allow the owner to see the time, slightly less precisely, in the dark.

    After a close and meticulous microscope inspection of the watch there are absolutely no traces of any previous luminous indexes on this dial as clearly noticeable on the below detailed images. This dial configuration is very rare and so far only a handful of similar piece are known on the collector market.

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