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Rolex. An extremely rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet
Rolex. An extremely rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet

SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, PAUL NEWMAN MODEL, REF. 6241, CASE NO. 1'766'187, MANUFACTURED IN 1968

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Rolex. An extremely rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet
Signed Rolex, Cosmograph, Daytona, Paul Newman model, ref. 6241, case no. 1'766'187, manufactured in 1968
Cal. 722-1 mechanical movement, 17 jewels, white matte dial, applied square numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, outer red fifths of a second divisions on 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 per hour, screw back and screw down crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
37.5 mm. diam.

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Lot Essay

1968 , Presumably destined for the American market, but immediately loved by the Italians too, the Daytona 'Paul Newman' is one of the most fascinating phenomena in the watch collecting market.

It seems that the legendary American actor and driver wore this wristwatch while shooting the movie "Winning", in 1969, at least according to the horology press at the time. However, looking at the posters of the film, it is apparent that Newman was indeed wearing a Rolex, but definitely not a chronograph. However, subsequent images of the actor picture him wearing a Daytona several times, sometimes sporting the two-tone dial, hence justifying its legacy. In any case, the 'Paul Newman' designation, originating in Italian watch collecting circles, became internationally recognised as the unmistakable name of this model.

The Paul Newman affair is a success story unmatched by any other collectible. Its most interesting aspect is the disproportion between the attention gained by this model before and after its discontinuation. When available in the Rolex catalogue, it was considered one of the less interesting and appealing Rolex timepieces, at times even offered at a discount. Only with the introduction of the automatic Daytona model several years later, did its popularity skyrocket and never come down.

Presented in 1966, ref. 6241 sports a slightly wider metal bezel with an acrylic insert. The overall production is around 3000 pieces, a quarter of them in gold (14k and 18k) and the rest in steel.

The present watch is a superb example of a white first production Paul Newman. Its 3 colors dial is absolutely perfect: white background, black registers and red second track. The sing-a-song "T SWISS T" and all the minute marking on the outer track are printed using two subsequent layers of paint; firstly the white, followed by red, thus making it stand out. The black indexes on the Paul Newman white background model are not painted, as is the case for those with a black background.

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