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ROLEX. A VERY FINE, RARE AND ATTRACTIVE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH PAUL NEWMAN TROPICAL DIAL
ROLEX. A VERY FINE, RARE AND ATTRACTIVE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH PAUL NEWMAN TROPICAL DIAL
ROLEX. A VERY FINE, RARE AND ATTRACTIVE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH PAUL NEWMAN TROPICAL DIAL
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ROLEX. A VERY FINE, RARE AND ATTRACTIVE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH PAUL NEWMAN TROPICAL DIAL
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ROLEXRef. 6241 Paul NewmanTropical DialThe property of the family of the original owner
ROLEX. A VERY FINE, RARE AND ATTRACTIVE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH PAUL NEWMAN TROPICAL DIAL

SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, REF. 6241, CASE NO. 2’036’572, CIRCA 1969

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ROLEX. A VERY FINE, RARE AND ATTRACTIVE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH PAUL NEWMAN TROPICAL DIAL
SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, REF. 6241, CASE NO. 2’036’572, CIRCA 1969
Movement: Manual, Cal. 722, 17 Jewels, signed
Dial: Tropical, applied square numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, three sunken engine-turned tropical for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, signed
Case: Stainless steel tonneau-shaped, black bezel with tachymeter scale calibrated for 200 units per hour, screw down crown, two chronograph button in the band, screw back, inside case back stamped 6241, 37.5 mm. diam., signed
With: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped 78350, deployant clasp stamped 19, overall length, end links stamped 571 overall length of approximately 195 mm., accompanied by a Rolex Garantie and after-sale service invoice dated from 22 October 1999, original owner photograph, hand manuscript resume and French marine vest.
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The property of the family of the original owner, the present wristwatch is a dream to collectors of manual vintage Rolex chronographs. Part of the celebrated reference 6241 with Valjoux movement, pump pushers and black bezel insert, the wristwatch exemplifies itself through the special nature of its exotic “Paul Newman” dial, preserved in excellent overall condition, which has throughout the years turned tropical. Sought-after by the most esteemed collectors, such a uniform brown patina is a true rarity. Deemed to be caused by a reaction between the compounds used for the creation of the dial and external elements such as humidity, heat or exposure to the sun, the aesthetics of the dial are radically changed, providing the timepiece with a unique and highly sought-after look.

Adding to the rarity of the chronograph, the present reference 6241 has a highly attractive provenance. The timepiece was purchased on the prestigious Avenue Victor Hugo in Paris, by the uncle of the current owner at the age of 17 years old. Love at first sight, the watch matched perfectly with the then owner’s taste and athletic lifestyle. After working with the French Navy, he went on to become a professional diver for companies such as COMEX, specializing in offshore deep diving operations in Africa. During his time off, he would carry on his passion for demanding sports, climbing mountains during the winter, and taking on a sailing trip between Brazil and Abidjan. In 1998, the timepiece was trusted to his nephew, a passionate watch collector, who went on to live in the United Arab Emirates.
Reference 6241

Reference 6241 was introduced into the market in the early 1960s and remained in production until around 1969. Available in stainless steel, 14K and 18K gold, it was fitted with the "non-Oyster" or "non-screw down" chronograph buttons and a bezel with black plastic insert, the tachymetre scale printed in white. The dials featured the designations "Rolex Cosmograph" but not always the "Daytona".

For detailed descriptions and illustrations of reference 6241 see Rolex Daytona - a legend is born by Carlo Pergola, Stefano Mazzariol, Giovanni Dosso, pp. 94-108, I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 312-319, and 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, pp. 238-261.


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