Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jan 19, 2023

LOT 216


EUR 300,000 - 500,000

USD 322,000 - 540,000 / HKD 2,510,000 - 4,180,000 / CHF 298,000 - 496,000

Sold: EUR 546,000

A very attractive and extremely rare, stainless steel, manual-winding, "tonneau"-shaped, gentleman's wristwatch, with chronograph, 30-minute counter and 12-hour counter.

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 6263 / 6262

Year circa 1971

Case No. 2 849 432

Material stainless steel

Bracelet stainless steel Rolex "Oyster" bracelet with deployant clasp (Ref. 78350, end-links 557)

Diameter 37.5 mm.

Caliber based on Valjoux 727 ebauche (by Reymond Freères S.A., Les Bioux, Vallée de Joux)

Signature dial, case and movement

Accessories original fitted box


In 1963, Rolex launched the production of its emblematic chronograph, the Daytona. Produced from 1971 to 1987, the ref. 6263 is one of the most iconic vintage Rolex. It was launched to replace the previous reference 6262. It is easily recognizable by its screwed-in pusher, and the beautiful black bakelite bezel.

The Rolex Daytona with exotic dial, known as the "Paul Newman" dial, is one of the most sought-after vintage chronographs among collectors. According to the specialists, although it has never been confirmed, for every one “exotic” dial, roughly 24 “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. Thanks to the square hour index on the counters, combined to the colour contrast, these dials were intended to be more visible to the car racers. This is also why the Arabic numeral markers are inscribed more boldly. Collectors have nicknamed the Paul Newman Daytona "Panda", whose white and black dial is in the colors of the eponymous bear.

The present example, in an outstanding condition, with all these features, is a real Grail for any collector.