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    Sale 1992

    Important Watches

    24 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 57

    ROLEX. A RARE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET

    SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH, "PAUL NEWMAN DAYTONA", CASE NO. 2526291, REF. 6262, CIRCA 1969

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    ROLEX. A RARE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET
    SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH, "PAUL NEWMAN DAYTONA", CASE NO. 2526291, REF. 6262, CIRCA 1969
    With nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, black matte dial with applied square numerals on outer white chapter ring with red fifths of a second divisions, luminescent accents and hands, three engine-turned white subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds, 30 minute and 12 hour registers, circular water-resistant-type case, the bezel engraved for 200 units per hour, screw back and screw-down crown, case, dial and movement signed, with a stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and deployant clasp
    37mm diam.


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    The earliest known examples of the legendary Rolex "Cosmograph" Daytona first surfaced circa 1961. The model derived its name from the famed Daytona 24 hour car race for which Rolex was a sponsor. These chronographs were made in limited production but rarest among them were those that were fitted with a "Paul Newman" dial. The most distinguishing feature of a "Paul Newman" dial, which separates it from other Daytonas, is the use of small square markers on the subsidiary dials rather than plain indexes. Additionally the subsidiary dial for minutes has indications at 15, 30, 45 and 60, whereas basic Daytonas will only have markers at 20, 40 and 60. These main characteristics, among others, are what make the present watch highly desirable among collectors.