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Rolex

Reference 6241 'Paul Newman' Daytona A stainless steel chronograph wristwatch, Circa 1968

Estimate:

180,000

to
- 240,000 USD

Rolex

Rolex

Reference 6241 'Paul Newman' Daytona A stainless steel chronograph wristwatch, Circa 1968

Reference 6241 'Paul Newman' Daytona A stainless steel chronograph wristwatch, Circa 1968

Estimate:

180,000

to
- 240,000 USD

Lot sold:

239,400

USD

Rolex


Reference 6241 'Paul Newman' Daytona

A stainless steel chronograph wristwatch, Circa 1968


Dial: white

Caliber: cal. Valjoux 722-1 mechanical, 17 jewels

Case: stainless steel, screw down case back

Case number: 2'036'642

Closure: stainless steel Rolex buckle

Size: 38 mm diameter

Signed: case, dial and movement

Box: yes

Papers: no

Accessories:Rolex presentation box and product literature 

Case: The case is in overall very good condition with light surface wear. Previous polish to the case. The numbers in between the lugs are clear. The bezel is in very good condition.

Dial: The dial is in overall very good condition with very few imperfections. The dial has developed an attractive light patina throughout giving it a creamy white color. An area of discoloration near the center arbor. The tritium luminous plots remain in tact and have aged evenly. The luminous material have darkened on the hands which is not uncommon.

Movement: Chronograph function 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.

Only in production from 1965 to 1969, the Rolex Reference 6241 is one of the rarest and most desirable variants of the Daytona series, having been made in very limited quantities of approximately 2,700 to 3000 pieces. 


Like its sister model, the Reference 6239, the model is fitted with an early non-oyster case with pump style pushers, and a Valjoux 722 caliber movement. Unlike the Reference 6239, the 6241 is dressed with a black acrylic bezel insert, giving the reference a slightly larger and more contemporary appearance. Much like the exotic Paul Newman dial, this acrylic bezel insert intensifies the reference’s presence on the wrist, yielding a more imposing aesthetic similar to that of a modern watch. 


Of all the 6241’s made, only a very limited number were fitted with an exotic dial, later becoming known as the 'Paul Newman', named for the American actor, director, and race car driver who so famously sported examples throughout his life. Though the differences between standard and exotic dials can be reduced to mere typefaces and subtle applications of color, the result of these traits is pivotal in practice. These highly prized ‘exotic dials’ were available in black with white sub dials, and white with black sub dials. These stylized dials featured a stepped outer track, and sunken subsidiary dials accented by art-deco inspired square indexes. When preserved faithfully like the example in question, the result is nothing short of extraordinary, and telling of why Rolex now enjoys the reputation it does.


This present example is presented in very good overall condition, with all the lume plots intact having aged consistently and retain a uniform size. The dial has taken on a creamy patina and the slanted “T Swiss T” designation at 6 o’clock is clear and visible (particular to references 6239 and 6241). The case, in original condition retains its proportions and classical presentation with pump pushers and original black acrylic bezel. The numbers between the lugs remain very crisp and easy to read. The overall condition makes this Paul Newman reference 6241 a very appealing and original example.