• IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A  auction at Christies

    Sale 1369

    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 156

    Rolex. A rare and attractive 18K gold chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and champagne dial

    SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, PAUL NEWMAN MODEL, REF. 6239, CASE NO. 2'330'434, STAMPED WITH LONDON DATE LETTER FOR 1971/72, MANUFACTURED IN 1970

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    Rolex. A rare and attractive 18K gold chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and champagne dial
    Signed Rolex, Cosmograph, Daytona, Paul Newman model, ref. 6239, case no. 2'330'434, stamped with London date letter for 1971/72, manufactured in 1970
    Cal. 722 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, champagne dial, applied square-shaped numerals with luminous accents on outer black ring, gilt fifths of a second divisions, luminous hands, three subsidiary black engine-turned dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, blank bezel calibrated for 200 units, screw back engraved Philip on your 20th. Birthday Mum & Dad, screw down crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, 18K gold Rolex Oyster bracelet and clasp stamped 1.72, case, dial and movement signed, case and clasp stamped with London date letters for 1971/72
    37 mm. diam.


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    The present "Paul Newman" is a very rare find for the Rolex aficionados since it combines a number of elements enhancing its desirability. Firstly, it is offered by the original owner himself and has consequently survived the last four decades without unnecessary interventions. As a matter of fact, it is overall an incredibly healthy example as one would like to see. Delivered to the UK in 1972, it was bought a year later by the parents of the present owner as a gift for his 20th birthday. The presentation inscription on the case back is a wonderful proof of that memorable event. The case back and the folding clasp both feature the English import marks for gold with the correct date letter for 1971/72. Furthermore the inside of the case back is also engraved "R.W.C. Ltd.", referring to the UK branch of Rolex. Interestingly, also the serial number of the watch is repeated inside the back, a feature normally reserved to Rolex watches issued to armed forces.

    The dial, a wonderful champagne "exotic" version, features the very rare white second, minute and hour markings on the black subsidiary dials. This exclusive variant is generally associated with reference 6264, made around the same period.

    For a reference 6264 fitted with such a dial see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, pp. 254 & 255.

    Reference 6239 is described and illustrated in Rolex Daytona - a legend is born by Carlo Pergola, Stefano Mazzariol, Giovanni Dosso, pp. 44 - 61. Different versions of reference 6239 in regard to case material and dial layout are furthermore described and illustrated in I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 296 - 303.

    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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