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Rolex. A Rare Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet and Original Guarantee
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Rolex. A Rare Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet and Original Guarantee

SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA, PAUL NEWMAN MODEL, REF. 6262, CASE NO. 2'548'238, CIRCA 1971

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Rolex. A Rare Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet and Original Guarantee
Signed Rolex, Cosmograph Daytona, Paul Newman Model, Ref. 6262, Case No. 2'548'238, Circa 1971
Mechanical movement, 17 jewels, cream dial, applied square numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, outer fifths of a second divisions on black chapter ring, three engine-turned black subsidiary dials for 12 hour and 30 minute registers and constant seconds, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, steel bezel calibrated for 200 units, two round chronograph buttons in the ban, screw-down crown, screw back, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and deployant clasp, case, dial, and movement signed
36.5mm diam.

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Lot Essay

Accompanied by a Rolex Guarantee dated April 10, 1971, stamped by retailer Stamaris Asociada in General Roca, a city in the Argentine province of Rio Negro. Further accompanied by a Rolex presentation box.

The very first model of the celebrated Daytona series was the reference 6239, and was seen in sales catalogues in Europe as of 1964. Reference 6239 was the firm's first chronograph with the tachometer scale on the bezel, whereas previous models, such as the reference 6238, had it printed on the dial. Another notable difference was that the subsidiary dials were printed in a different color than the main dial for better readability. Early models featured only the designation Cosmograph on the dial, and Daytona was added on later series to mark Rolex's sponsorship of the renowned NASCAR stock car race.

Reference 6262, along with the reference 6264, was produced from the end of the 1960's through 1972. The model was produced in stainless steel and both 14k and 18k gold, and the 6262 featured a metal bezel with engraved tachometer scale, while the 6264 featured a bezel with black plastic insert and printed tachometer scale. Fresh to the market from the original owner the present watch features a so-called exotic, or tropical dial, later called a Paul Newman dial, after the actor was photographed wearing a Rolex watch in a publicity shoot for the film Winning.

Reference 6262 is illustrated and described in Rolex Daytona - A Legend is Born by Carlo Pergola, Stefano Mazzariol, & Giovanni Dosso, pp. 110-130, in I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda by Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 320-324, as well as in 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, p. 256.

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