“The Legend” as it’s known in circles of watch collectors sold yesterday for $3.7 million. That was over double the estimated sale of $800,000 – $1,600,000. This is proof that rare Rolex pieces are still in high demand after a few record breaking Daytona’s sold in recent years.
They saved the best for last. Lot 237 of a two-day auction in Phillips Geneva location. The Ref. 6263 caseback stamped 6239, “An exceedingly rare, highly important and very attractive yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with “lemon” grené dial, white graphics and bracelet” was obviously the highlight of a very important and successful auction filled with timeless gems…no phun intended. The legend really became a legend last night.
Reference No: 6263 caseback stamped 6239
Case No: 2’330’529
Model Name: Oyster Cosmograph “Paul Newman”, also known in literature as “The Legend”
Material: 18K yellow gold
Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 190mm.
Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped A
Dimensions: 37.5mm. Diameter
Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
Literature: Another example of a yellow gold reference 6263 with “Paul Newman” dial, also known as “The Legend”, is illustrated on Ultimate Rolex Daytona by Pucci Papaleo, page 356.