• Rolex Daytona "Lesson One" 50  auction at Christies

    Sale 4002

    Rolex Daytona "Lesson One" 50 exceptional examples of the world's most celebrated chronograph wristwatch

    10 November 2013, Geneva

  • Lot 17

    Rolex. A very rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and dark brown outer track


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    Rolex. A very rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and dark brown outer track
    Signed Rolex, Cosmograph Daytona, Paul Newman model, ref. 6262/6239, case no. 2'733'426, manufactured in 1971
    Cal. 727 mechanical movement, 17 jewels, cream dial, applied square-shaped numerals with luminous accents on outer black chapter ring, white fifths of a second divisions, luminous hands, three engine-turned black subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, blank bezel calibrated for 200 units, screw back, screw down crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    36.5 mm. diam.

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    1971 , Rolex manufactures some 301,000 watches, with serial numbers between 2.589.000 and 2.890.000. Among these is this 6262, serial number 2.733.426. This reference replaces the previous 6239. It is now equipped with the improved latest generation caliber 727, while offering a similar metal bezel graduated to 200. Over the 2 years of its production cycle, less than 9,500 such references will be produced. The standard dial with either silver soleil or black background is in this case abandoned in favour of a less discreet and technically complex, three-dimensional design. No surcharge is applied when the client requests what is now known to be an icon of watch collecting, the Paul Newman.

    This stunning 6262 looks brand new even though it has just celebrated its 40th birthday. It possesses a perfect steel case and a pristine dial with no trace of oxidation. This is a truly wonderful and exciting timepiece. The dial, with its eye-catching two-tone Paul Newman livery, is undeniably appealing not only for the seasoned collector, but also for the layman.

    A subtle detail which only the true connoisseur will recognise is the colour change to hazelnut brown on the outer minute track. It is only subtle and the final result is still years away. However, it is an undeniable sign that time will transform this extraordinary artifact into an object of desire.

    The dial is typical to this model. Some telltale signs indicate that the "T SWISS T" is no more in a sing-a-song style, but straight and linear. Also, the trademark of the dial's producer Singer, on the back of the watch, has square rather than round letters.