The words "Panda Paul Newman" are those which will excite the most discerning collectors. The present watch can be considered one of the most beautiful and important “Panda” Paul Newman Oyster Cosmographs to have appeared on the market. In the world of vintage watches where a Rolex Daytona is a must have, this example is a dream.
With a monochromatic black and white palette, the "Panda" Paul Newman is simply superb, considered by many to be one of the most attractive dial variations to be found on a vintage Daytona - it is certainly one of the rarest and most recognizable.
Purchased new in Switzerland during the early 1970’s while the original owner was touring Europe by motorcycle, the present "Panda Paul Newman" has been hidden for the last 30+ years. Only worn a handful of times by its owner, it was then placed into a safety deposit box, emerging decades later, fresh to market and in impeccable condition.
With a Mark 1 dial, this example is extremely impressive. Very clean, the stark contrast of the bright white dial with black registers is accentuated as of its unblemished appearance, almost unheard of for an original watch which is over 50 years old. With all-original crown, pushers and bezel, the case is extraordinary, accompanied by its original Rolex Oyster bracelet.
The present "Panda" 6263 exemplifies the state of preservation and originality that collectors crave and provides an exceptionally rare opportunity to acquire what is unquestionably one of the most appealing Paul Newman "Pandas" to ever appear at auction.
A very similar example is illustrated and analysed in: Ultimate Rolex Daytona, P. Papaleo, pp. 348-351.