ROLEX. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND ATTRACTIVE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BLACK “TRANSITIONAL-SAUCER” DIAL, BRACELET, ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE AND BOX
SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA, PAUL NEWMAN MODEL, REF. 6262, CASE NO. 2’475’334, MANUFACTURED IN 1970
Cal. 727 mechanical movement, 17 jewels, black dial, applied square numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, chronograph hand with black arrow pointer, outer red ffths of a second divisions, three engine-turned white dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, blank 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 Guarantee dated 15 Decembre 1972, product information and original fitted presentation box.
1970: This year around 347,000 timepieces leave Rolex’s workshop with serial numbers between 2.241.000 and 2.589.000.
Two new versions with push buttons are introduced, Ref. 6262 and Ref. 6264. Around 9,000 steel versions and a few dozen gold versions of the 6262 model are produced with the metal bezel graduated to 200. Ref. 6264 sports a bezel with black plastic insert. Around 1,700 pieces of the steel version are produced and approximately 300 in 14k and 18k gold. These models are ftted with the latest generation 727 caliber. The standard dial has the Daytona designation curling above the top edge of the central register. The Paul Newman dial, available in black and white differs slightly from previous versions.
Amongst the dials regularly produced, the ‘Paul Newman’ is considered of the rarest and most prestigious ever fitted on the Cosmograph Daytona. It has been developed in many different versions, some of which are undeniably exceptional. The 6262 reference pictured, shows incontrovertible proof of its rarity, displaying numerous points of great interest. Firstly because of the ‘vessel shaped’ form of its counters, the concentric circular threads cover two thirds of the circle’s surface, which extends itself towards the raised border by means of a blank slanting track. This slope offers the traditional tri-dimensional effect, but at the same time distinguishes the dial from the rest of the well-known versions. Furthermore, the ‘T Swiss T’ is clearly more linear and modern than the ‘sing-a-song’ graphic of the previous versions. Added to which, it is proportionally slightly different to all the future productions of the ‘Paul Newman’ dials.
Finally, this watch is impressive because it is extremely well preserved and even comes complete with its box and guarantee, confrming it was sold in Mexico. The box itself is a collectible item as it is a unique leather box made in Mexico for Rolex by “Marroquineria Fina, S.A.” with a brown Antelope exterior and a chocolate lamb suede interior.
Courtesy of Christie's