The Rolex Daytona is probably the most iconic piece in wristwatch history.
Behind the celebrated name, some references are particularly cherished by collectors.
Regarded as ultimate evolution of the vintage models, the 6265 (the present lot) and 6263 (the previous lot) are undoubtedly part of them.
Produced between the early 1970’s to 1987, they gather some of the most attractive features, such as a movement based on the Valjoux 72, screw-down chronograph pushers and elegant proportions.
References 6263 and 6265 were available with standard dials but also, for the early pieces with serial number between approx. 2.2 and 3 million, with special dials, known as 'exotic' dials. Years later, watches with these dials became known as 'Paul Newman' models, as the actor is presumed to have worn one in the 1969 auto racing film 'Winning'. The 'Paul Newman' dial is characterized by square markers in the chronograph scale and subsidiary dials and the alternating patterning of the coloration. Though widely available at the time, these dials were produced in smaller numbers and are rarer to find on watches today.
The most sought-after configuration of the Paul Newman dials is nicknamed “Panda”. It is characterized by a white dial contrasting with black subsidiary dials and black outer minute ring. Perfectly complimenting the rest of the watch, this dial embodies a strong sporty and elegant spirit.
The present lot is a “fresh to the market” Daytona 6265 Paul Newman Panda.
It was consigned directly by the family of its original owner who bought it new in December 1973.
Its beautifully preserved dial will immediately strike and please the collector’s eye. The watch is further accompanied by its original Rolex Guarantee, booklet and some service guarantees.
This piece has to be considered as a highly attractive and well-documented example with complete provenance of what is regarded as an ultimate trophy in any serious collection.
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