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Lot No. 421*
Estimate  100,000 - 125,000 €
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Rolex "Cosmograph Daytona" - so called "Paul Newman Panda Dial"

, Case No. 1597812, Ref. 6239, Cal. Val. 722-1, 37 mm, circa 1967

A Rolex "cult" wristwatch with "Paul Newman Panda Dial" - an early "COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA" version

Case: steel, screw back ref. 6239, original bezel, riveted steel "Oyster" bracelet ref. 7205, clasp 63110H, identifier I8, lugs 61 and 71. Dial: black, luminous dots re-lumed Movm.: 2/3 plate movement, rhodium-plated, Glucydur screw balance.

Reference 6239 was produced from 1961 to 1976. 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. Some collectors do not really accept the Ref. 6239 as a true Oyster model because of its round non-screwed down push buttons. 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. Ref. 6239 was replaced by Ref. 6263. 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 Center 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.
Case: very good
Dial: very good
Movm.: very good, capable of running, cleaning recommended

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