Lot 166
  • 166

Rolex

Estimate
100,000 - 150,000 USD
Sold
505,000 USD
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Description

  • A RARE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS, TACHOMETER AND BRACELET 
    CIRCA 1971 REF 6263/6262 'ALBINO' OYSTER COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA
• cal. 727 nickel lever movement, mono-metallic compensation balance, 17 jewels, adjusted to three positions • silvered matte dial, applied baton indexes, three silvered engine-turned subsidiary dials calibrated for constant seconds, 12-hour and 30-minute registers • tonneau water-resistant-type case, screw-down crown and two screw-down chronograph pushers, bezel insert calibrated for 200 units per hour, screw back • case, dial and movement signed • with a stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and deployant clasp

Provenance

Property from the Collection of Eric Clapton, Christie's New York, June 5th, 2003, lot 178, purchased by the present owner.

Catalogue Note

During the period that the present watch was produced, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the standard dial design for a Cosmograph Daytona featured either a black background with lighter-colored subsidiary dials or the inverse with lighter background and black subsidiaries.

The present example is from a little-known and exceptionally rare variation, known as the Albino, in which both the background and subsidiary dials are all in a monochrome silver color.

This design harkens back to the dials of the pre-Daytonas, Ref. 6238, which featured only one color. The present look combines the tonal simplicity of those dials with the more minimal style of the Daytona face, where the tachometer scale is pushed out to the bezel.

Such examples are significantly rarer than Paul Newman models and almost never appear in auction or anywhere in the watch market.

For an example of Ref. 6263, see Skeet, M. and Urul, N., Vintage Rolex Sports Models, p. 117. For an example of a non-Oyster Cosmograph Daytona with Albino dial, see p. 114 of the same text.

 

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