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Rolex Daytona Cosmograph

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Sold for $107,168 at Bonhams December 2013

Rolex. A very fine and rare stainless steel manual wind chronograph bracelet watch Cosmograph Daytona 'Paul Newman', Ref:6264, Serial No.2417***, Circa 1969  17-jewel Valjoux Cal.727 manual wind chronograph movement signed on the bridge, two-colour matt cream dial signed Rolex Cosmograph, sunken engine turned black subsidiary dials with printed white divisions with square ends, outer black scale with white printed seconds and square hourly divisions and luminous dots, steel baton hands with luminous inserts, white tipped arrow chronograph hand, brushed and polished case with screw down back numbered 6241, screw down Oyster crown flanked by two push down chronograph pushers, fixed bezel with black tachymetre scale insert, fitted Oyster bracelet with 357 end pieces, together with fitted Rolex box and spare links, case, dial and movement signed 37mm.

First appearing in the early 1960s, the 'exotic' or 'tropical' dial was renamed the 'Paul Newman' by Italian collectors after the American actor wore the watch in promotional posters for the film 'Winning.'

By sinking the subsidiary dials and outer black scale within the creamy opaque dial background, the dial achieves an unusual three-dimensionality.

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