Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jan 19, 2023

LOT 17*


EUR 150,000 - 250,000

USD 162,000 - 268,000 / HKD 1,260,000 - 2,090,000 / CHF 150,000 - 248,000

Sold: EUR 182,000

Fine and very rare, stainless steel, manual-winding, chronograph wristwatch, with black dial and three registers.

This Lot is submitted to commissions and taxes :
If the lot is delivered within the EU:
a 20% import VAT is due on the hammer price with buyer’s premium, plus 120€ for termination of temporary export, at buyer’s expense.
If the lot is delivered outside EU:
120€ for termination of temporary export is due,at buyer’s expense
Grading System
Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Rolex, Geneva

Model "Daytona" "Paul Newman"

Reference 6241 / 6241

Year circa 1967

Case No. 1 767 499

Material stainless steel

Bracelet stainless steel Rolex "Oyster" bracelet with deployant clasp

Diameter 37 mm.

Caliber 72B

Signature dial, case and movement

Accessories 73.3 gr. (approx.)


When Malcolm Campbell broke the speed record of 445 km/h on the Daytona Beach circuit in 1935, he was wearing. When the Rolex Daytona became the official watch of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the American equivalent of the 24 hours of Le Mans, the chronograph was thus consecrated as THE watch for car racers.

It is the reason why Rolex developed an “exotic dial” offering a better visibility for racing drivers. First, because of the two-color dial, or like here the three-color dial, in black and white with a red chapter ring ; second with the indexes in the registers which are boldly square and Arabic numerals. According to the specialists, although it has never been confirmed, for every one exotic dial, roughly twenty-four Daytona dials were produced, and many of those exotic dials are no longer still in existence today. They are named “Paul Newman” after the famous eponymous Hollywood actor who use to wear a Rolex Daytona ref. 6239 with an exotic dial.

Produced between 1966 and 1969, the reference 6241 is recognizable with the smooth pushers and the beautiful black epoxy bezel graduated 50-200 units per hour. Experts agree that approximately 2’300 copies were produced in stainless steel – approximately 700 in gold – and one can be certain that only a very small number of those with “Paul Newman” three colors dials are as well preserved as this lot. To come across a reference 6241 is rare, but this example with its dial is even rarer.