1970 Rolex Daytona (Ref. 6262) "Paul Newman Exotic Dial"
If you ask a vintage watch collector what their "Holy Grail Watch" would be, many would answer without a stutter the Rolex Paul Newman Daytona." Perhaps the most important watch and dial configuration when considering vintage Rolex, or Rolex in general. Known today to be one of the most prestigious and valuable watches ever produced by Rolex. The Rolex Daytona exotic dial received its name the "Paul Newman", after the famed actor and then racecar driver Paul Newman chose a Rolex 6239 Daytona with exotic Panda Dial configuration as his personal watch. In the mid-1960s, Rolex decided to introduce an alternate, “exotic” dial design for their reference 6239 chronographs. These exotic dials were characterized by their stepped, contrasting-color minute track rings, and the art-deco style font that was used for the numerals on their chronograph registers. Additionally, the hour markers on a Paul Newman dial appear as small metallic blocks with luminous dots placed at the edge of their innermost side, and are significantly shorter than the stick-style hour markers found on a normal vintage Daytona dial. In October of 2017, Paul Newman's personal Rolex exotic Ref. 6239 was auctioned by Phillips auction house in NYC for $17.75M making it the most expensive and iconic wristwatch ever sold.
The Paul Newman Daytona is often credited as being the watch that jump-started much of the vintage Rolex collecting market that is so alive and strong today. The history of the watch itself has a fascinating trajectory, making the leap from unwanted dial variant of a humble sports chronograph, to becoming one of the most expensive and widely-coveted watches in the entire world. The rise in value and collectability of the Paul Newman Daytona very much dovetails with that of the vintage Rolex market as a whole, and few watches embody the values and overall spirit of vintage Rolex collecting better than the Paul Newman Daytona.
What makes this specific example insanely special other than the 3 color Paul Newman dial is that this is a reference 6262. The reference 6262 was produced at the end of 1969 into 1970 as Rolex introduced a new movement into the Cosmograph the Valjoux 727 which was more precise and had now a speed of 21.600 a/hour a watch which otherwise basically presented the characteristics of the 6239This reference is generally accepted as the least produced Daytona (6269/707 put apart) since its production supposedly stopped in 1970
|Dial||3 Color Paul Newman|
|Strap||Rolex Oyster 7835 Bracelet With 271 End Pieces|
The case remains thick and the lugs remain full and even showing minimal wear. The bezel is in absolutely stunning condition showing only minor enamel loss. The Rolex Oyster 7835 Bracelet With 271 End Pieces remains in excellent condition retains 11 links and shows very little stretch.
This is a stunning example of a rare "Paul Newman Exotic Dial" that remains in remarkable condition. The 3 color dial is in crisp condition showing no marks or discoloration. All 11 lume plots remain present on the dial and are full with the exception of the 3:00 plot which shows slight lume deterioration when inspected under U.V. light and under loup. The hands have been color-matched to the dial during a previous service interval prior to our acquisition.
None. The watch was just completely overhauled and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.