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    Sale 12572

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    30 May 2016, Convention Hall

  • Lot 2672

    ROLEX. A RARE AND FINE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH PAUL NEWMAN DIAL AND BRACELET

    SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, PAUL NEWMAN MODEL, REF. 6241, CASE NO. 1'765'315, CIRCA 1967

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    ROLEX. A RARE AND FINE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH PAUL NEWMAN DIAL AND BRACELET
    SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, PAUL NEWMAN MODEL, REF. 6241, CASE NO. 1'765'315, CIRCA 1967
    Cal. 722 mechanical movement, 17 jewels, matte black dial, applied square numerals, luminous accents, luminous hands, red outer fifths of a second divisions on white track, three white sunken engine-turned subsidiary dials for 12 hour and 30 minute registers and constant seconds, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, later black bezel calibrated for 200 units per hour, screw back, screw down crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    37 mm. diam.; overall length approximately 175 mm.
    US$80,000-100,000


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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 tachometer scale printed in white.

    The so-called exotic dials were later called Paul Newman dials, so named after the actor was photographed wearing a reference 6239 Daytona in a publicity shoot for the film Winning.

    This particular example is notable for its attractive three colour dial, with red 1/5th second divisions matching the Daytona signature above the register at 6, and further enhanced by the warm tone acquired by the luminous material over time.