ROLEX. A VERY RARE AND EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET AND TROPICAL PAUL NEWMAN MK 1.75 PANDA DIAL
ROLEX. A VERY RARE AND EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET AND TROPICAL PAUL NEWMAN MK 1.75 PANDA DIAL
ROLEX. A VERY RARE AND EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET AND TROPICAL PAUL NEWMAN MK 1.75 PANDA DIAL
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ROLEX. A VERY RARE AND EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET AND TROPICAL PAUL NEWMAN MK 1.75 PANDA DIAL
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This lot is subject to standard Swiss VAT rules an… Read more ROLEX OYSTER COSMOGRAPH REF. 6263 TROPICAL ‘PAUL NEWMAN PANDA DIAL’
ROLEX. A VERY RARE AND EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET AND TROPICAL PAUL NEWMAN MK 1.75 PANDA DIAL

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER COSMOGRAPH, REF. 6263, CASE NO. 2'200'285, CIRCA 1969

Details
ROLEX. A VERY RARE AND EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET AND TROPICAL PAUL NEWMAN MK 1.75 PANDA DIAL
SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER COSMOGRAPH, REF. 6263, CASE NO. 2'200'285, CIRCA 1969
Movement: Cal. 727, manual
Dial: Paul Newman Panda Mk. 1.75, tropical brown
Case: Inside case back stamped 6239, 37.5 mm. diam.
With: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet reference 7835 19, end links stamped ‘271’, deployant clasp stamped ‘1 72’, overall length approximately 185 mm.
Remark: An extremely rare Mk 1.75 Paul Newman Panda ‘Big Eyes’ dial with tropical dial
Literature
A similar example is illustrated and described in: ‘Rolex Daytona dalla nascita al mito, un viaggio tra tecnica e stile’, Carlo Pergola, Stefano Mazzariol and Giovanni Dosso, pp. 194.

For another ref. 6263 with Paul Newman Panda dial (Mark 2) with tropical chapter ring see: ‘Ultimate Rolex Daytona’, Pucci Papaleo, pp. 352 to 355.
Special notice
This lot is subject to standard Swiss VAT rules and 7.7% VAT will be charged on the ‘hammer’ and the ‘buyer’s premium’

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Lot Essay

Fresh to the market and possibly unique with a tropical Mark 1.75 dial, the sheer beauty and untouched nature of this highly appealing reference 6263 is evident even at first glance. The white background of the dial has remained very fresh and blemish-free, the luminous accents are intact and evenly aged, perfectly matching the luminescence of the hands. Furthermore, the dial displays a fascinating combination of unmistakable characteristics. Firstly, over the last 53 years, the original black colour of the outer track has transformed into a seductive deep even brown hue. The change in colour from black to deep brown is understood to be caused by the reaction of the dial paint to external elements such as humidity or exposure to light. As a result of this natural process, every ‘tropical’ dial is unique. The tropicalization of the outer ring of this watch bestows a visually striking contrast between the black of the bezel and subsidiary dials and the white of the main part of the dial. This three-colour aesthetic immediately alerts the observer to the fact that this 6263 is something out of the ordinary. Another interesting aspect is that the subsidiary dials are considered "Big Eyes" being wider than on Mark. II Paul Newman Panda dials, almost touching the outer track of the of the dial. The present watch is elevated to an even higher level due to its very rare Mark 1.75 dial of which less than 10 examples have been recorded. Four distinct stages of development of the ‘Rolex Oyster Cosmograph’ script of the Paul Newman Panda dial can be categorized as follows:

Mark. 1 - originally intended for the reference 6240 and can therefore only be found on the early production of references 6263 and 6265. The Mk. 1 is distinguishable by the very different font type for the “R” of Rolex which is wider and “fatter”, the “G” in COSMOGRAPH has a serif and shorter inward return and the “H” is more pronouncedly asymmetric.

Mark. 1.5 The “R” of Rolex has longer more pronouncedly serifs to the ‘legs’, the script “Oyster Cosmograph” is without serifs.

Mark. 1.75 The “R” of Rolex has a pronounced ‘kick’ in the base of the curving ‘leg’, the “O” is slightly larger, standing proud of the other letters and the “X” has a slightly italic appearance, the “T” of Oyster with slight serif.

Mark. 2 The final development and all letters of the full script “Rolex Oyster Cosmograph” with serifs.

Complementing the overall excellence of this 6263, the stainless steel case by C.R. Spillmann S.A. features the Mark 1 bezel insert and very rare Mark 1 pushers, the Mark 1 type pushers were quickly superseded by the 24-P301 version. The interior of the case back stamped 6239 is also entirely correct for early examples of the reference confirming that Rolex were using up case backs of the references 6239 and 6241 for the new model. Furthermore, the bracelet is the correct 7835 folded-link Oyster bracelet with 271 end links and dates from 1972. Interestingly, due to the lack of demand for these watches at the time of manufacture, the years of production and delivery are not necessarily identical, often resulting in differences between production of the watch case and the bracelet.

Considered the ultimate vintage Cosmograph model, few watches elicit as much excitement from collectors today as a completely fresh to the market reference 6263 Paul Newman Panda, especially with a ‘tropical’ colour-change dial. The case with screw down chronograph pushers and black bezel is combined with what is generally agreed to be among the most beautiful dials ever created for a wristwatch. It is unquestionably one of the ultimate goals for the Rolex collector.

The present watch represents an extremely rare opportunity for collectors to acquire not only the most coveted reference of manual Rolex Daytona but an important example with Mark 1.75 ‘Big Eyes’ dial with tropical chapter ring.

Reference 6263
Sporting a black bezel and screw down pushers, it inherits the legacy of reference 6240, the first of the screw down pusher Daytonas, also sporting a black bezel. The similarity is obvious, the differences much less so. As a matter of fact, however, the case design of reference 6263 is slightly bigger, and the movement is the new calibre 727, whilst reference 6240 is usually fitted with the older calibre 722 (even though early examples are known with the earlier 72B calibre, and late ones with cal. 722-1). The defining feature of both references is undeniably the presence of the screw down pushers, which make the entire watch look bigger and more sporting.

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