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ROLEX. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE 18K GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH CHAMPAGNE PAUL NEWMAN DIAL
ROLEX. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE 18K GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH CHAMPAGNE PAUL NEWMAN DIAL
ROLEX. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE 18K GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH CHAMPAGNE PAUL NEWMAN DIAL
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ROLEX. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE 18K GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH CHAMPAGNE PAUL NEWMAN DIAL
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Many of the watches offered for sale in this catal… Read more ROLEXRef. 6241 Daytona Paul NewmanThe Property of an Important European Private Collector
ROLEX. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE 18K GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH CHAMPAGNE PAUL NEWMAN DIAL

SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, PAUL NEWMAN MODEL, REF. 6241, CASE NO. 1’947’413, CIRCA 1969

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ROLEX. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE 18K GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH CHAMPAGNE PAUL NEWMAN DIAL
SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, PAUL NEWMAN MODEL, REF. 6241, CASE NO. 1’947’413, CIRCA 1969
Movement: cal. 722-1, manual, 17 jewels, signed
Dial: signed
Case: screw back, inside case back stamped 6241, 36.5 mm. diam., signed
With: 18K gold Rolex buckle
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This endangered species strap is shown for display purposes only and is not for sale. The watch will be supplied with a calf leather strap.

The present Daytona wristwatch is an impressive and extremely well-preserved representative of the rare ref. 6241 in 18K gold, featuring the iconic ‘Paul Newman’ dial.

Upon first glance it is attractive patina spreading like a veil over the case. These subtle signs underline the fact that the watch has not been used or polished in a long time. The shade of the full gold 6239 bezel perfectly matches the case. It can be assumed that this bezel must have been added a while ago upon request by its owner since the original bezel for this model is in gold with black plastic insert.

The dial impresses with its original, unrestored condition. The well-preserved, slightly creamy luminous accents are intact and in a shade perfectly matching the luminescence of the gold hands. Exotic dials or the so called "Paul Newman" dials in champagne colour with serifs graphics, gilt printing and black subsidiary register are predominantly found on ref. 6241 models with serial numbers in the 1.94m range, such as the present watch.

This impressive ref. 6241 is without a doubt a unique occasion to acquire one of the exceedingly rare “Exotic Daytona” chronographs in gold.

Reference 6241
Reference 6241 was introduced into the market in the mid-1960s and remained in production until around 1969. Available in stainless steel of 2250 pieces, 300 pieces in 18K gold and 450 pieces in 14K 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, Carlo Pergola, Stefano Mazzariol, Giovanni Dosso, pp. 94-108. A similar example is illustrated and described in: Ultimate Rolex Daytona, Pucci Papaleo, pp. 256-259.

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