• Lot 178

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


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    Rolex. A rare and very attractive 18K gold chronograph wristwatch with champagne dial and bracelet
    Signed Rolex, Cosmograph Daytona, Paul Newman model, Ref. 6241/6263, case no. 1'757'887, circa 1967
    Cal. 722 mechanical movement, 17 jewels, champagne dial, applied square numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, outer gilt fifths of a second divisions on a black chapter ring, three engine-turned black subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, black bezel calibrated for 200 units, screw back, screw down crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, 18K gold Rolex Oyster bracelet and clasp stamped 3.69, case, dial and movement signed
    37.5 mm. diam.

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    The present watch is a beautiful example of a "Paul Newman model" Rolex, impressing by its excellent champagne dial and very good overall condition with sharp lugs and a gold mark on the underside of the upper left lug. The black bezel with white tachymetre scale appealingly frames the striking champagne watch face with its intriguing square-shaped indexes inside the subsidiary dials.

    The bracelet of the watch is stamped 3.69 on the clasp, which is correct for the period.

    Reference 6241 was introduced to 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 tachymetre scale printed in white. Models in 14K gold were exclusively reserved for the North American market. The dials featured the designations "Rolex Cosmograph" but not always the "Daytona". The so-called "exotic" Paul Newman dials also available for reference 6241 were in two-coloured white/cream and black.

    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. And 100 Years of Rolex by Franca and Guido Mondani, pp. 125-127.

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    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.