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A RARE AND EXCEPTIONAL STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS TACHOMETER AND BRACELET REF 6263/6262 CASE 3048318 COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA 'PAUL NEWMAN PANDA DIAL' CIRCA 1972
• cal. 727 manual winding nickel lever movement, 17 jewels • bi-colour black and white dial, applied square indexes with luminous dots, luminous baton hands, 3 engine-turned black subsidiary dials for 30-minute and 12-hour registers and constant seconds, outer minute and 1/5 second divisions • brushed and polished Oyster case with screw-down crown, pushers and back, black bezel calibrated for 200 units • case, dial and movement signed • with a stainless steel Oyster bracelet
diameter 37 mm thickness 13.5 mm bracelet circumference 185 mm
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With a guarantee dated 1974, a booklet and a presentation case.

Catalogue Note

This reference 6263/6262 with ‘Panda’ dial is a stunning example which, in many ways, brings to light the original beauty of the most popular wristwatch in the collector’s world today. Rolex has revolutionized the world of watches since its origin, but it is the Daytona which remains the wristwatch icon of the 20th century.

The present watch is the ultimate trophy for a Rolex Daytona collector. This reference 6263 with so-called ‘Oyster Panda Dial’ has been kept, since it was first purchased, with all its original accessories; such detaling is almost impossible to find in today’s market.

The reference 6263 was unveiled by Rolex in 1969 but was only available for purchase in the early 1970’s. The serial number and case back reference ‘6262’ clearly demonstrate the present watch was amongst the first orders from the case supplier C.R.S (C.R. Spillman & Cie) as Spillman used, at that time, left over case backs from preceding references such as the reference 6239 and 6262.

The original beauty of this watch’s dial has been wonderfully preserved with superior clarity and impeccable definition to the signatures, the deepness of registers, the outer tracking and even the luminous dots above the numerals. One’s eye is immediately struck by the ‘Panda’ dial’s black and white tones which create a perfectly balanced visual impression when wearing the watch and afford the user a clear separation between telling the hour and reading the chronograph.

Very few vintage Daytonas have recently appeared on the market with such a suite of accompaniments; the original guarantee notes that this watch was originally sold by the prestigious Rolex retailer Bucherer on 6th June, 1974. The paperwork, booklet and presentation case provide a tantalising glimpse at how the watch would originally have been presented when first sold and offers a rare opportunity to own such an exceptional example of this iconic model.

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