Lot 755
  • 755


70,000 - 120,000 USD
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  • Rolex
  • stainless steel
  • diameter 36 mm, bracelet circumference approximately 178 mm
• cal. 722-1 manual winding nickel lever movement, 17 jewels • tri color black, white and red dial, applied square indexes with luminescent dots, Obélisque hands, engine turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minute, and 12 hour registers, outer minute and 1/5 second divisions • stainless steel Oyster case, bezel calibrated for 200 units, screw down crown and solid case back • case, dial, and movement signed • with a stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet with folding clasp


The movement is running at time of cataloguing, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement. Case in overall good vintage condition with wear, scuffing, and small nicks consistent with use and age. Bezel with no color to the calibrated scale. Lugs with small nicks and wear. Jubilee bracelet with heavier wear from consistent use. Bracelet and case may benefit from cleaning overall. Pushers and crown with heavy oxidation. Crystal with scuffs and scratches. Dial in overall good vintage condition. Oxidation to the luminescent dots. Areas have been relumed. Hands have been replaced. Light but even wear to the subsidiary dials with markings and some debris. Overall, the dial remains attractive. Movement in very good condition.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

Catalogue Note

The iconic reference 6239 was introduced in the United States in 1963, and available in the US and Europe until 1969. It was the first model fitted with this exotic dial, later coined the Paul Newman dial, distinguished by its fine square markers.

The present lot has a well preserved dial with defined sunken engine turned subsidiary dials, clear white Rolex Cosmograph signature and the red Daytona inscription, perfectly complemented by the red graduations of the outer track. 

Offered by the original owner, the present lot is a truly exceptional collector's piece.