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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, May 12, 2013

LOT 512

ROLEX REF. 6263 ? GOLD DAYTONA PAUL NEWMAN PROTOTYPE LEMON DIAL ? WHITE GRAPHICS Rolex, Cosmograph Daytona, No. 2330402, Ref. 6263/6239. Made in the late 1960?s. Very fine and extremely rare, water-resistant, 18K yellow gold wristwatch with round button chronograph, registers, tachometer, anti-reflect black bezel

C. Three-body, polished and brushed, screwed-down case back and crown, tachometer graduation on the bezel to 200 units per hour. D. Bi-color yellow and black with applied square yellow gold indexes and luminous dots, subsidiary dials with white graphics for the seconds, the 12-hour and 30-minute registers. Luminous yellow gold baton hands. M. Cal. 727, rhodium-plated, 17 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to 3 positions, shock absorber, self-compensating free-sprung Breguet balance spring, Microstella regulating screws. Dial, case and movement signed. DIAM. 37 mm. THICKNESS 14 mm.

CHF 300,000 - 500,000

HKD 2,500,000 - 4,200,000 / USD 320,000 - 540,000

Sold: CHF 841,300


Grading System
Grade:

Exceptional

Case: 2
Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 1-01

As new

HANDS Original


Notes

Almost unknown to the collectors community until recently, this example of a very early reference 6263 could almost be considered as a prototype. It is interesting to note that it has a very early serial number that actually precedes some of the earlier models, notably references 6262 and 6264 (the last versions of the pump pushers). The first characteristic are the white graphics in the sub-counters which are usually of golden color which adds great contrast and legibility to the dial. Secondly and more importantly the dial has a unique coloration with a much stronger yellow hue compared to the much softer regular cream color. In almost mint condition with deep punchmarks, this has to be the rarest and most coveted Daytona to have ever appeared on the market.