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Rolex. An Extremely Rare, Fine, and Attractive 18k Gold Chronograph Wristwatch with Lemon "Paul Newman" Dial and White Numerals to the Subsidiary Dials
Rolex. An Extremely Rare, Fine, and Attractive 18k Gold Chronograph Wristwatch with Lemon "Paul Newman" Dial and White Numerals to the Subsidiary Dials

SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, PAUL NEWMAN MODEL, REF. 6264, CASE NO. 2'357'452, CIRCA 1969

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Rolex. An Extremely Rare, Fine, and Attractive 18k Gold Chronograph Wristwatch with Lemon "Paul Newman" Dial and White Numerals to the Subsidiary Dials Signed Rolex, Cosmograph, Daytona, Paul Newman Model, Ref. 6264, Case No. 2'357'452, Circa 1969 Movement: Manual, Cal. 727, 17 jewels Dial: Lemon, applied square numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, three black subsidiary dials Case: 18k gold, black bezel, screw back with French import mark, screw down crown, two round buttons in the band, inside case back stamped 6241, 37mm diam. Strap/Buckle: Rolex leather strap, Rolex 14k gold buckle

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Rolex reference 6264 was introduced in 1970 and produced for only three years. Together with reference 6262, it was the last Rolex chronograph watch featuring the simple round push-down buttons. All future chronograph references, starting with references 6263 and 6265 in 1971 bear screw down chronograph buttons. Reference 6264 was available in stainless steel, as well as 14k and 18k gold. It has a bezel with black plastic insert and white tachymeter graduation.

Of all the Rolex Paul Newman watches, the reference 6264 must be considered the rarest. The reference 6264 on offer here excites even more. It is is in excellent overall condition, displaying sharp milling on the back and crisp gold marks on the underside of the lugs, as well as beautifully preserved outlines. This alone would be enough to entice the eager connoisseur. However, the present watch stands out by virtue of additional rare features. Firstly, it is distinguishable by its lemon-colored dial. The so-called “Lemoncello” Paul Newman refers to the pale hue of the background color, very few examples are known and the shade can vary from watch to watch from pale straw to almost yellow. Secondly, it is distinguished by the white printing on the engine-turned black subsidiary dials. Rolex usually produced yellow gold Paul Newman Cosmographs with champagne-colored numbers and calibration on their black totalizers. Thirdly, it is noteworthy for the French importation mark to the case back, seen behind its very rare original Rolex sticker. This is likely one of the very finest examples of a Rolex Paul Newman "Lemoncello" Daytona in the world in terms of its condition.


A further Paul Newman example of reference 6264 with rare white numerals inside the subsidiary dials is illustrated and described in 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, pp. 254-255.

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