ROLEX | COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA PAUL NEWMAN "JOHN PLAYER SPECIAL", REF 6264 AN EXTREMELY RARE AND OUTSTANDINGLY BEAUTIFUL YELLOW GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET CIRCA 1969
Estimate: 320,000 - 650,000 GBP
Estimate: 320,000 - 650,000 GBP
COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA PAUL NEWMAN "JOHN PLAYER SPECIAL", REF 6264
AN EXTREMELY RARE AND OUTSTANDINGLY BEAUTIFUL YELLOW GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET
Dial: black Paul Newman John Player Special
Calibre: cal. 727 manual winding, 17 jewels
Case: 18k yellow gold, screw-down back
Case number: 2'357'405
Closure: 18k yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding clasp
Dimensions: 37 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 180 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Rolex presentation case
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MVT: running and chronograph operating at the time of cataloguing.
CASE: in good condition, with lights minor scuffs throughout. Very minor small pittings to the inside of the lugs from previous bracelet removing. Some scuffs to the back of the lugs from previous bracelet removing. Signs of old polishing. Original later bezel. Inside case back stamped 6241.
7205 bracelet with some scuffs and with later clasp (K2) with signs of polishing.
DIAL: vibrant dial in good condition. Lume plots all present and reacting uniformly . Some losses to the ones at 9 and 10. Very minor black dots to the plots at 1, 4 ,11. Very discreet marks to the edge of the outer track at 1.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
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The Rolex reference 6264 is considered as the ultimate evolution of the pump pushers Daytona.
Only produced in few numbers between the end of the 1960's until the beginning of the 1970's, it is the transitional link between the two main periods of the history of the manual winding Daytona. Its case with the pump pushers is faithful to the original design of the celebrated Rolex chronograph. The watch is fitted with the calibre 727 that also equipped later screw-down pusher models, references 6263 and 6265.
While most of the 6264 were produced in stainless steel, a few pieces were made in yellow gold. An 18k yellow gold 6264 is a true rarity, of which only ten examples are known, and the appearance of such a specimen on the international market is an important and exciting event by the connoisseurs’ community. Indeed, these pieces are usually the treasure and the cornerstone of a few of the most distinguished private collections. They represent the ultimate achievement in the quest of the vintage Rolex Daytona watches.
Among these pieces, a fraction of them are fitted with the celebrated Paul Newman dial. In addition to the elusive Lemon version, this dial was available either in champagne or in black, like the present piece. While both are incredibly sought after, the black version is ever more in demand. It was affectionately nicknamed “John Player Special” in reference to the livery of the Lotus formula 1 painted in black with the gold JPS logo. Nowadays, the car is still seen as one the chicest cars of the glamour era of motor racing. So is the case in the horological world with the yellow gold Rolex Paul Newman Daytona JPS. The contrast created by the gold of the case, the subsidiary dials and outer track and the black dial’s base and bezel is beautifully eye-catching. The created effect is simply unparalleled in the watch history. While terms such as “iconic”, “ultimate” or “holy grail” are today hackneyed, they are euphemisms for such an important and attractive piece.
The dial of the present example is vibrant with clear engine turned subsidiary dials. The T Swiss T signature has the typical “sign a song” shape. The luminescent plots are all present. The case remains strong with clearly defined hallmarks and 18k engraving under the lugs. The serial and reference numbers are very well preserved and easy to read. It is further fitted on the riveted 7205 bracelet with matching 71 end links.
Sotheby’s is extremely pleased to present this extraordinary piece on behalf of an important international private collector.