ROLEX. A VERY RARE AND HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET
SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER COSMOGRAPH, PAUL NEWMAN MODEL, REF. 6263, CASE NO. 2’849’409, MANUFACTURED IN 1971
Cal. 727 mechanical lever movement, 17 jewels, off-white dial, applied silvered square-shaped numerals with luminous accents, fifths of a second divisions, luminous hands, three subsidiary black engine-turned dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, black bezel calibrated for 200 units per hour, screw back and screw down crown, two round screw down chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed.
The new references 6263 and 6265, the only chronograph Rolex remaining in the catalogue, aim to provide a more sporty look. The cases are now guaranteed waterproof down to 50 meters thanks to improvements to the screw-down pushers and crown. The 727 caliber powering the 21,600 new references are more reliable than previous versions of the Valjoux.
The “Oyster” designation on the dial makes its comeback, this time for good, after a “leave of absence” that started with the predaytona (6238) model.
It seems that Rolex, by resuming this design, is attempting to emphasize the sporty aspect of the model. It is not deemed a problem when the case supplier C.R.S. (C. R. Spillman & Cie.) clears the first orders for the 6263 using leftover cases from the previous models (6240 and 6262). Rolex itself mounts leftover case backs for ref. 6239 and 6262. This is the origin of the first series 6263 that is now highly sought-after and appreciated by Rolex collectors. These cases are the only ones that can accommodate the famous Paul Newman dial. If such a dial is found on a second or third series, it means it was mounted on the watch at a later time. This first series 6263 is a perfect example in every way. Its magnificent dial is perfectly compatible with the watch’s serial number and belongs to the last batch produced. They are leftover dials from previous references that have been recovered and adapted. Furthermore, it displays a very promising color-change to brown on the outer track.
Its appeal is greatly increased by the immaculate condition of the case which, in its 40 years lifecycle, has never undergone any polishing. The final touch is the ultra-rare bracelet with 71N latching, a true collectible in its own right that is recognizable by the folding metal plate of the latching link.
Courtesy of Christie's