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

SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA, PAUL NEWMAN MODEL, REF. 6239, CASE NO. 1'757'920, MANUFACTURED IN 1968

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Rolex. A rare and attractive 18K gold chronograph wristwatch with black dial and bracelet
Signed Rolex, Cosmograph Daytona, Paul Newman model, ref. 6239, case no. 1'757'920, manufactured in 1968
Cal. 722 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, black dial, applied square-shaped numerals with luminous accents on outer gilt chapter ring, fifths of a second divisions, luminous hands, three subsidiary gilt engine-turned 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, 18K gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
37 mm. diam.
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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.

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Whereas the stainless steel version of the celebrated "Paul Newman" must be considered the world's most popular collector's wristwatch, the gold version is certainly enhancing any Rolex aficionado's feelings. Since precise production numbers have never been published by Rolex, it is hard to describe the ratio between the stainless steel and gold output. However, based on the frequency these only ever made two versions are offered at public auction, one may safely conclude that the precious metal examples are ten if not twenty fold harder to find.
Consequently, well preserved specimen like the present reference 6239 enjoy a mythical position within the collector's world. These Daytonas are a perfect 1960s symbiosis between the rough, dangerous and masculine sporting world and the elegance available to the happy few.

Reference 6239 is described and illustrated in Rolex Daytona - a legend is born by Carlo Pergola, Stefano Mazzariol, Giovanni Dosso, pp. 44 - 61. Different versions of reference 6239 in regard to case material and dial layout are furthermore described and illustrated in I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 296 - 303.

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