$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.