193 Rolex Very Well Preserved and Extremely Rare, Daytona, Chronograph Wristwatch in Steel, With Black Paul Newman “Musketeer” Dial, Reference 6262, Kept in a Private Collection for Over 30 Years

Estimate: €140,000 –⁠ 280,000

Sold €214,500

Model: Daytona
Reference: 6262
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1970
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 727
Case N°: 2526232
Dimensions: 37 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement

Manual winding Daytona are still one of the favorites among collectors. As known, they can be divided in categories based on some of their characteristics: by caliber, four later references featuring caliber 727 (launched in the late 1960s) and three earlier models featuring earlier calibers (72B, 722, 722-1). Based on the type of bezel: steel/gold for 6239/6262 and 6265 or acrylic for 6240, 6241, 6264 and 6263. For screw-down pushers (6240, 6263 and 6265) or pump pushers (all the other references). But also, and mainly, for their style of dial: classical or the iconic “Paul Newman” version. Presumably destined for the American market, but immediately loved by the Italians too, the Daytona “Paul Newman” is one of the most fascinating phenomena in the watch collecting market. At Rolex, 1970, was marked by the launch of two Cosmograph references. The 6262 with the silver bezel and the 6264 with an acrylic bezel. Very similar to the previous generation, these two references were fitted with the upgraded caliber 727. As often in production, the new reference was launched when spare parts from the previous were still available. Displaying a very rare variant of the “Paul Newman” dial, this tricolor reference 6262 is fitted with the so-called “Musketeer” variation. Usually, Paul Newman dials have a concentric circle pattern on the flat subdials. However, on Musketeers dials this pattern covers only two thirds of the surface. The remaining outer sector not only is smooth, but it is also sloped: a completely different subdial design than the standard one. Presented in excellent condition, this rare dial variation will surely appeal to the most discerning among Daytona collectors but what will absolutely make the heart of passionate bump really fast, is the fact that this very watch comes from a private collection where it has been preserved for over 30 years.