Undisputedly one of the most attractive and iconic timepieces ever produced, the Rolex Daytona is an essential component of any serious Rolex collection. When graced with a rare exotic Paul Newman dial, its collectible appeal is immensely enhanced.
Highly sought-after, few watches elicit as much excitement today as a reference 6263 Paul Newman “Panda”. With a monochromatic black and white palette, the “Panda” Paul Newman dial is generally considered as the most beautiful dial ever created for a wristwatch and understood as being the ultimate vintage Cosmograph model when allied to the water-resistant case, screw down pushers and black bezel of the reference 6263.
With a simple and elegant colour scheme, the aesthetics of the dial results in a supremely elegant watch, combining masculine, sporty and elegant traits. In highly appealing overall condition, the dial of the present timepiece is part of the MK2 version, characterized by writings with very pronounced serifs as opposed to dials seen on earlier examples of the reference.
Highly coveted, the MK1 bezel is still present, often changed during services due to its fragile nature. Also correct for the reference, the case back stamped 6262 is an interesting feature of many reference 6263 watches confirming yet again the already well known theory that Rolex were using case backs from other Cosmograph references during assembly.
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, more sporting and masculine.
A similar example is illustrated and described in: Rolex Daytona dalla nascita al mito, un viaggio tra tecnica e stile, Carlo Pregola, Stefano Mazzariol and Giovanni Dosso, pp. 194. For another ref. 6263 with "Paul Newman Panda" dial see Ultimate Rolex Daytona, Pucci Papaleo, pp. 348 to 351.