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Reference 6263 bearing the ‘Paul Newman Panda’ dial is certainly considered the holy grail of watches. Finding this reference in good condition is extremely difficult in today’s complex and exponentially growing Rolex Vintage market. Therefore, provenance and history are of upmost importance, and key to finding this rare example in original condition.
Sotheby’s is proud to present this lot from its original and sole owner, who acquired the watch at Bucherer in the mid-1970s. It is important to note the extraordinary condition of the piece. According to its owner, it has been seen by a watchmaker only once for simple movement verification with one indication of intervention, evidence of which can be seen on the inside case back.
The serial number 2'085'601 indicates a very early version of reference 6263. The watch is fitted with an ‘MK 1 Panda’ dial featuring an attractive ivory hue and MK1 bezel, perfectly corresponding to the first models produced. The remarkable condition of the present model is exemplified by the first generation ‘millerighe’ pushers. The inside case back is stamped ‘6239’ and the dial, which is a key element to any ‘Paul Newman’, is at its best. The engravings and graphics are clearly defined, and the luminous dots are still intact.
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