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Rolex

'John Player Special Paul Newman' Daytona, Ref. 6264, Yellow gold chronograph wristwatch Circa 1970 | 勞力士 | 6264型號「'John Player Special Paul Newman' Daytona」黃金計時腕錶,約1970年製

VAT applies to hammer price and buyer's premium

Estimate:

800,000 - 1,200,000 CHF

Property from the family of the original owner

Rolex

Rolex

'John Player Special Paul Newman' Daytona, Ref. 6264, Yellow gold chronograph wristwatch Circa 1970 | 勞力士 | 6264型號「'John Player Special Paul Newman' Daytona」黃金計時腕錶,約1970年製

'John Player Special Paul Newman' Daytona, Ref. 6264, Yellow gold chronograph wristwatch Circa 1970 | 勞力士 | 6264型號「'John Player Special Paul Newman' Daytona」黃金計時腕錶,約1970年製

Estimate:

800,000 - 1,200,000 CHF

Lot sold:

891,200

CHF

Property from the family of the original owner


Rolex


'John Player Special Paul Newman' Daytona, Ref. 6264

Yellow gold chronograph wristwatch 

Circa 1970


Dial: black

Calibre: cal. 727 manual winding, 17 jewels

Case: 18k yellow gold, screw-down back

Case number: 2'357'420

Closure: 18k yellow gold Rolex buckle

Dimensions: 37 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Box: no

Papers: no

Accessories: none

To request a Condition Report for this lot, please contact Patrick.Stebler@sothebys.com


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports 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. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. 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.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."


**Please be advised that bands 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."

In 1963 Rolex introduced the new Cosmograph Daytona wristwatch. Bearing a new reference number 6239, Rolex revolutionized the sports chronograph by moving the tachymetre scales, previously printed directly on the dial, to be instead calibrated on the bezel. Over the next 25 years, Rolex perfected and transformed this manual chronograph, always striving to enhance durability and appearance of the watch with different dials, case metals and pushers.

 

Produced in very limited numbers, between the end of the 1960s until the beginning of 1970s, the reference 6264 is arguably, along with the 6262, the rarest of all manual Daytonas. Most of the reference 6264 that were produced were done so in stainless steel and there are approximately 10 examples known to have been crafted in 18k yellow gold. Even fewer to be fitted with a John Player Special ‘JPS’ dial. This dial was affectionately nicknamed ‘JPS’ in reference to the livery of the Lotus Formula One painted in black with the gold JPS logo.

 

Consigned by the family of the original owner, the watch has been retained in exceptionally great condition and it appears to have not been service at all in its life. The watch is also very close in terms of serial number to the record breaking JPS sold by Sotheby’s in 2020. The lumes are full and consistent throughout and the hallmarks are extremely crisp under the lugs. The watch has a striking appearance overall.