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Rolex

REFERENCE 6241 DAYTONA A YELLOW GOLD 'JUMBO LOGO' CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS, CIRCA 1966

Estimate:

150,000 - 250,000 USD

Property of an important Private Collection

Rolex

Rolex

REFERENCE 6241 DAYTONA A YELLOW GOLD 'JUMBO LOGO' CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS, CIRCA 1966

REFERENCE 6241 DAYTONA A YELLOW GOLD 'JUMBO LOGO' CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS, CIRCA 1966

Estimate:

150,000 - 250,000 USD

Lot sold:

214,200

USD

Property of an important Private Collection

Rolex


REFERENCE 6241 DAYTONA

A YELLOW GOLD 'JUMBO LOGO' CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS, CIRCA 1966


Dial: black 

Caliber: cal. 722 mechanical, 17 jewels

Case: 14k yellow gold, screw-down case back

Case number: 1'534'066

Closure: associated suede strap and buckle

Size: 37 mm diameter

Signed: case, dial and movement

Accessories: Rolex suede pouch

Case: The case in overall good condition, polished in the past. Numbers between the lugs are partially rubbed away, still visible with a loupe. Please note that the strap and buckle is not signed Rolex.

Dial: The dial is eye clean. Luminous plots and luminous material in the hands are intact aside from the luminous plot at 3 o'clock.

Movement: Chronograph functions are operating. The movement is running at time of cataloging, 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.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report 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. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. 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. Please be advised that wristbands 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

The chronograph range of watches from Rolex were designed and engineered essentially as tool watches. Their durability, accuracy and readability were paramount, and as such, were overwhelming constructed of stainless steel. Some discerning clients however were choosing their sports watches in precious metals, primarily 18k yellow gold but also in some instances and primarily for the US market, in 14K gold. (This was a practical solution to the tax implications of importing 18k into the USA).


Like the steel examples, the precious metal Daytona’s were produced with both ‘exotic’ dials (subsequently known as ‘Paul Newman’ dials) and standard dials. It is thought that there were in the region of 3000 examples of the 6241 made in total, and of those, only a handful were produced with the exotic dials. In fact, the current watch, with 14k yellow gold case, black grené ‘Nero Dial’ with champagne colored subsidiary registers and distinctive oversized ‘Jumbo Daytona Logo’, one of the rarest of all the Daytona’s dials produced. Only a handful of such examples have been offered to the market over the last preceding decades, less than its ‘Paul Newman’ JPS dialed brothers.


This example has never been offered to the market before and is in exception condition. The case, with a correct early 1.5m serial number is in superb condition and retains its original full proportions with hallmarks clearly visible under the lugs and retaining its original 14k 6241 case back. It should also be noted that the movement, a Valjoux 722 has the ROW designation stamped to the bridge indicating that the original destination of the watch was the North American market.


This is truly a connoisseurs Daytona. More subtle and understated than a Paul Newman example and made in smaller numbers. The represents a rare opportunity to acquire such a rare and desirable example from an important private collection being offered for sale publicly for the very first time.