Lot 260
  • 260

Rolex

Estimate
50,000 - 70,000 CHF
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Description

  • A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS AND BRACELET
    REF 6240 CASE 1659572 'PAUL NEWMAN' COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA CIRCA 1967
  • STAINLESS STEEL
  • diameter 37.5 mm bracelet circumference 185 mm
• cal. 722 manual winding nickel lever movement, 17 jewels • bi-colour black and silvered dial, engine-turned off-white subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30-minute and 12-hour registers, applied faceted baton indexes, luminous dots and steel baton hands, outer minute and 1/5 second divisions • stainless steel Oyster case, black acrylic bezel calibrated for 200 units, screw-down chronograph pushers, crown and back • case, dial and movement signed • with a stainless steel Oyster bracelet

Catalogue Note

The reference 6240 is regarded as an experimental watch and was only produced between 1965 and 1969. It was the first water resistant Cosmograph, differing from the references 6239 with and 6241 by having screw-down chronograph pushers. It was then replaced by the reference 6263.

The present lot is further distinguished by its Paul Newman dial.

As a rare reference, many secrets remain on the 6240 and especially its Paul Newman version. However, a recent study demonstrates that in some cases, it wasn't fitted with an Oyster dial, as perfectly illustrated by this piece.
The "non Oyster Paul Newman dial" is distinguished by a larger space between the two T's of the T Swiss T signature at 6 o'clock. They are just behind the 29th and 31st second indexes of the chronograph scale. Furthermore, these attractive pieces have a case number starting with 1.65X.XXX.

These characteristics, all present in this lot, together with its clear provenance, make this watch quite remarkable.  It was consigned by its original owner who bought it in this configuration, making this watch not only a beautiful watch to wear but also a rare opportunity to acquire a fascinating piece documenting the history of the Daytona.

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