A Paul Newman Daytona can be any watch that has a reference of 6239, 6241, 6262, 6263, 6264 and 6265. However not all watches of these references can be regarded as a Paul Newman Daytona, and it is because a Paul Newman Daytona is defined by the configuration of the dial. Simply speaking, the dial combination required for any collectors to claim their watches as a Paul Newman Daytona must include the characteristic of a 3-colored dial, an art deco-style font and the hash marks with small squares to the subsidiary dial.
It is said that for every 20 normal Daytona dials, there would be one exotic dial made. Yet among all the exotic dials made there is also a classification of which combination is more desirable. The combination immediately becomes more difficult when the reference and material of the watch come in to the picture. For instance a gold Paul Newman Daytona case would be rarer than one made in a stainless steel case, as there were only a fraction produced.
The present watch is a Rolex, Paul Newman Daytona reference 6264 in a yellow gold case and with a dial nicknamed “Lemon” dial by the Rolex community. The configuration of a “Lemon” dial is uncommon for various reasons; typically the dial color should be more of a cream color, and yet the “Lemon” dial features a more attractive citric tone with an intense black subsidiary dials and white graphics instead of gilt subsidiary-markers. To the best of our knowledge, there are only a handful of “Lemon” dials known. What further distinguishes the present example is the outer minute track which has turned to a very warm “tropical” brown.
There are many very appealing features to the present watch. When one considers the 2.35 serial number, the correct Mk 1 bezel, the luminous dots that are even and have aged consistently matching the hands under the rays of an ultraviolet light and finally the case that is preserved in in excellent condition, with sharp finishes to the top of the lugs and gold marks beneath the lugs you have what many call today, a Trophy market watch. Sotheby’s is delighted to present this truly exceptional and rare Paul Newman 6264 with “Lemon” dial for auction.
For similar example of reference 6264 “Lemon Dial”, please see "Ultimate Rolex Daytona” by Pucci Papaelo, pages 316-319.
Please call 1-800-555-5555 to order a print catalog for this sale.
Online Registration to Bid is Closed for this Sale. Would you like to watch the live sale?Watch Live Sale