ROLEX. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND ATTRACTIVE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, GUARANTEE AND BOX
SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, PAUL NEWMAN MODEL, RETAILED BY RICCIARDI, REF. 6241, CASE NO. 1’767’520, MANUFACTURED IN 1969
Cal. 722-1 mechanical movement, 17 jewels, black dial, applied square numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, outer red ffths of a second divisions on white chapter ring, three engine-turned white 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, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed.
With Rolex original Guarantee stamped by the Argentinian retailer Joyeria Ricciardi S.A. in Buenos Aires and dated 10 December 1969. Furthermore delivered with Rolex original ftted green presentation box carrying the retailer’s signature and details in gilt on the seagrass green lining inside the lid.
“Jewels have always held a unique fascination for people”. As quoted in an interview with Uber Ricciardi, during which the famous jeweler retraced his family history and that of his company, which was founded by his father Luis in the 1930s in Buenos Aires.
During the early days, the beginnings are humble and the sale takes place in the ‘open air’ with the merchandise displayed on a bench. In a matter of years, the “Joyeria Ricciardi” business enjoys remarkable success and becomes the benchmark of excellence for the Argentinian aristocracy, the international jet set and eventually that of crowned royals.
One of the most prestigious projects of Ricciardi is the “El baston de mando”, a jewel that is the symbol of the Argentinian and other South American governments.
In 1969, the year of sale of this extraordinary Paul Newman, Ricciardi opens stores in Buenos Aires, Mar del Plata, and Paris, as indicated on the inside of the watch’s box. In fact, Ricciardi, a company so proud of its name, not only engraves the inside of the box of its Daytonas, but also the case itself. For example, underneath the lugs, one can fnd the Ricciardi serial number, branded by a complex punching process. It represents a true mark of originality, whilst also a prestigious and successful customization system.
This historical treasure comes not only with the original box with the interior personalization by Ricciardi, but also with its original guarantee from 1969 bearing the serial number 1.767.520.
Beyond its historic importance, this watch is a prime example of the steel Paul Newman 6241. The spectacular dial displays pristine tritium markers and all parts of the watch are contemporary.
Courtesy of Christie's