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219

Rolex

Reference 6239 'Paul Newman' Daytona A stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with registers and bracelet, Circa 1968

Estimate:

120,000

to
- 180,000 USD

Rolex

Rolex

Reference 6239 'Paul Newman' Daytona A stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with registers and bracelet, Circa 1968

Reference 6239 'Paul Newman' Daytona A stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with registers and bracelet, Circa 1968

Estimate:

120,000

to
- 180,000 USD

Lot sold:

163,800

USD

Reference 6239 'Paul Newman' Daytona

A stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with registers and bracelet, Circa 1968


Dial: white

Caliber: cal. 722 mechanical, 17 jewels

Case: stainless steel, screw down case back 

Case number: 1'782'162

Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with folding clasp

Size: 36 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 170 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Box: yes

Papers: no

Accessories: Rolex presentation box

Case: The case in overall good condition with previous polish in our view. Case back engraved with A.C in script font. The bezel's black paint lettering partially deteriorated with age on the outer edge. Rivet bracelet with light wear due to age. Bracelet clasp stamped 768.

 

Dial: Original dial and hands in our view. The dial is visibly clean. Luminous plots and luminous material in the hands are intact aside from showing signs of discoloration due to age. Luminous plots and hands react to UV light momentarily.

 

Movement: Chronograph functions 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 iconic ‘Daytona’ was introduced in the United States in 1963, and available in the US and Europe until 1969. The reference was the first to have the ‘Cosmograph’ dial designation and was produced with several dial configurations. Some with or without ‘Daytona’ print, whilst others were offered with an ‘exotic’ dial, manufactured by Singer and with either a 2-colored dial in white or black or a 3-colored dial in white or black with red accents.


This exotic dial later became known as 'Paul Newman' dial, after the actor. It is characterized by its square markers in the chronograph scale and subsidiary dials, as well as the alternating patterning of the coloration. At the time, these exotic dialed variants proved unpopular, and so they were sold in significantly fewer numbers than those with non-exotic dials.