ROLEX. A VERY RARE AND ATTRACTIVE 14K GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH CHAMPAGNE DIAL AND BRACELET
SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, PAUL NEWMAN MODEL, REF. 6241, CASE NO. 2’112’949, MANUFACTURED IN 1969
Cal. 722-1 mechanical movement, 17 jewels, champagne dial, applied square numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, outer gilt ffths of a second divisions on black chapter ring, three engine-turned black subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, black bezel calibrated for 200 units, screw back, screw down crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, 14K gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed.
1969: The total production of ref. 6241, from 1966 to 1969, is estimated to be slightly more than 2000 pieces in steel, roughly 300 in 18k gold, and around 400 in 14k gold.
By the end of 1966, the new case design is released with the slight protrusion at 3 o’clock to facilitate the winding. This makes the overall look somehow more bulky. Different typologies of standard dials typify this reference, in line with the experimental spirit of this early phase of the Daytona’s life. However, the Paul Newman dial of the gold version of this chronograph is rapidly adopted. Both technical and refned, rigorously two-tone, daringly innovative, it represents the highest pinnacle of a design that will become increasingly popular with the passing of time.
One of the most common questions a vintage watch collector asks himself when admiring a new purchase is: what was its condition when frst purchased? Unfortunately it is a question destined to remain unanswered in nearly all cases. The passing of time inevitably leaves some marks on a vintage timepiece.
This watch, however, is one of the few exceptions. The pristine, perfect condition of both case and dial is exactly as it must have been when frst purchased. The champagne colour is stunning, the case is untouched, its angles as sharp as ever, its knurling absolutely unspoiled. The hands, the bezel, the pushers, the crown, every aspect of this watch screams “unworn”.
How it managed to stay so pristine is something we will never know. The only certain thing is that its immaculate state renders it undeniably amazing.
Courtesy of Christie's