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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 32

    Rolex. A fine, rare and attractive 18K gold chronograph wristwatch with Paul Newman dial


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    Rolex. A fine, rare and attractive 18K gold chronograph wristwatch with Paul Newman dial
    Signed Rolex, Cosmograph, Daytona, ref. 6241, case no. 1’947’328, circa 1969
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 722-1, 17 jewels
    DIAL: champagne dial, applied square numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, three sunken engine-turned black subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers
    CASE: 18K gold tonneau-shaped, black bezel with tachymeter scale calibrated for 200 units per hour, screw back, screw down crown, two chronograph buttons in the band, 37.5 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement signed
    BUCKLE: gold plated Rolex buckle

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    The present watch featuring the iconic ‘Paul Newman’ dial is a very well preserved example of reference 6241 in 18K gold. The dial retains its original condition, all luminous accents are plainly remaining and intact in a shade perfectly matching the luminescence to the gold hands. The gilt printing is distinct and very well defined and the champagne colour is stunning. This impressive watch is without a doubt a unique occasion for any exigent collector to acquire a wonderfully preserved Exotic Daytona.

    Reference 6241 was introduced to the market in the early 1960s and remained in production until around 1969. Approximately 3’000 pieces were produced during that period, out of which possibly less than 10% in 18K gold, mostly with common Daytona dials. This leads us to believe that only a fraction of these chronographs were fitted with an “Exotic” Paul Newman dial.

    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, I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 312-319, as well as 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, pp. 238-261.

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