Lot No. 422 (94th Auction)
Rolex "Cosmograph Daytona" - sog. "Paul Newman Panda Dial", Case No. 2752152, Ref. 6264, Cal. 727, 37 mm, circa 1971

An early and extremely rare Rolex "cult" wristwatch with "Paul Newman Panda Dial" with original box, packaging and booklet
Case: steel, screw back with reference 6239, original bezel, folded steel "Jubilee" bracelet ref. 6251H, with endlinks numbered 74. Dial: silvered/black, "Paul Newman 2CROC" dial, red "Daytona" inscription above "6". Movm.: bridge movement, Glucydur screw balance.

The "Panda" 6264 is the most desired, most beautiful, and most expensive standard Paul Newman Daytona around. The 6264 is the black bezel counterpart to the 6262. The 6264 features the upgraded, higher beat caliber 727, pump pushers, and a black acrylic bezel. The 6264 is a very rare reference made for just one year.

The early "Oyster Cosmographs", beginning with reference 6239 were produced from 1961 to 1976. Reference 6262 was the second version of the Cosmograph; it replaced the reference 6239 and had pump pushers. In the late 1960s, it was produced with the new exotic dials - as what was to be called the "Paul Newman" model; the watch was available in 18K yellow gold, 14K yellow gold and as a stainless steel version. The famous "Daytona" inscription was first introduced around 1964. The very early pieces had a bezel which was graduated to 300 units per hour but this was later reduced to 200 units per hour. Paul Newman supposedly wore a ref. 6239 "Daytona" after his wife Joanne Woodward gave it to him in 1972 when he began racing automobiles.

Paul Newman - the eight-time Academy Award nominee whose career spans decades is one of the film industry's most beloved stars. Newman received his special honorary Oscar in 1985 and a Best Actor Oscar the following year for his performance in "The Color of Money" with Tom Cruise. The actor is also a distinguished as a director with such films as "Rachel, Rachel ", for which he received "Best Director " from the New York Film Critics. Cleveland-born in 1925, Newman began his acting career with a local children ' s drama group. On turning eighteen, he enlisted in the navy and spend the three following years as a radioman on torpedo bombers in the Pacific. He enrolled in Yale Drama School after college and, after moving to New York and working in television, had his first Broadway role as Alan Seymour in William Inge's "Picnic ". It was here that he first met Joanne Woodward, who was to become his wife in 1958. Woodward and Newman have so far starred in ten films together. Both were recipients of the Kennedy Centre Honors in 1992 - the honors are presented annually to significant contributors to the American culture through the performing Arts. An enthusiastic race-car driver, Newman is also a four-time winner of the Sports Club of America National Championship. Newman gained himself an entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest driver to win such a race when he won the 24 hours of Daytona in the GT-1 Class along with his teammates in 1995.
Estimate  100,000 - 125,000 €

Price Realised  96,000 €
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