View full screen - View 1 of Lot 90. Tropical 'Paul Newman Panda' Daytona, Ref. 6264, Stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet Made in 1971 | 勞力士 | 6264型號「'Paul Newman Panda' Daytona」精鋼計時鍊帶腕錶,1971年製.
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Rolex

Tropical 'Paul Newman Panda' Daytona, Ref. 6264, Stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet Made in 1971 | 勞力士 | 6264型號「'Paul Newman Panda' Daytona」精鋼計時鍊帶腕錶,1971年製

VAT applies to hammer price and buyer's premium

Estimate:

200,000 - 400,000 CHF

Rolex

Rolex

Tropical 'Paul Newman Panda' Daytona, Ref. 6264, Stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet Made in 1971 | 勞力士 | 6264型號「'Paul Newman Panda' Daytona」精鋼計時鍊帶腕錶,1971年製

Tropical 'Paul Newman Panda' Daytona, Ref. 6264, Stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet Made in 1971 | 勞力士 | 6264型號「'Paul Newman Panda' Daytona」精鋼計時鍊帶腕錶,1971年製

Estimate:

200,000 - 400,000 CHF

Lot sold:

327,600

CHF

Rolex


'Paul Newman Panda' Daytona, Ref. 6264

Stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet

Made in 1971


Dial: white 'panda', tropical subsidiary dials

Calibre: cal. 727 manual winding, 17 jewels

Case: stainless steel, screw-down back

Case number: 2'372'885

Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding clasp

Dimensions: 37 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 190 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Box: no

Papers: no 

Accessories: Rolex Atelier de Restoration invoice, restauration booklet, restauration warranty, travel pouch and presentation case with outer packaging

MVT: is running at the time of cataloguing and the chronograph working.

CASE: is in excellent condition. It presents minute surface wear. The Plexiglas crystal, crown, tube and pushers have been replaced during the Rolex restauration service. The watch has been very lightly polished, but still retains good proportions. The bracelet is in very good condition. It was lightly polished and restored during the Rolex restauration service. It still retains all original parts apart from the ones mentioned above.

DIAL: is in very good condition. Rolex have confirmed that they removed light debris from the dial during the Rolex restauration service but nothing else has been done. The hands present some scratches and have been cleaned during the Rolex restauration serve. All lume to the hands and dial is compete and original 


"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."

This reference 6264, like the 6262, was produced for only one or two years. It features the caliber 727 and it is believed that less than 1700 examples of the 6264 in stainless steel were ever made.


Moreover, this watch is equipped with a 'Panda Paul Newman' dial. The 'Paul Newman' dials were at the time very unpopular, but have gained a place of choice among collectors. The 6264 reference is considered as the rarest 'Paul Newman' Daytona because of the short production of this model, but also because it is the last model to have the pump pushers as opposed to the later screw-down ones.


This watch was serviced by Rolex Restoration in 2020. The Atelier de Restoration is meant for the brand's most iconic models. Before the restoration, the watchmaker verifies the authenticity of the components of the watch. Overall, during the restoration process, they will preferably restore components rather than change them. For the parts that need changing, they will be crafted with a strong attention to the original aesthetics. Rolex have confirmed that for this particular watch the crown, tube and pushers were replaced and that all other components remain original. What is more they confirmed that the dial had minute surface debris removed and that no other work was undertaken.


This watch is one of the few watches which been through Rolex restoration program that has been offered to the market. It is a rare occasion where a vintage watch of this importance has such guarantees around the authenticity of its components.


The present lot has thus been preserved in superb condition, the case remains full and the dial crisp and clean retaining the original hands. The lume to the hands and dial are original also, having taken on a rich patina that is consistent throughout.