For discerning collectors and connoisseurs, to own a Paul Newman Daytona is an achievement many aspire to. Amongst this coveted family of watches, the Paul Newman Oyster “Panda”, with its captivating white main dial, contrasting black sub-dials and outer minute track, is especially sought after. To obtain a Paul Newman Panda originally retailed and signed by the prestigious retailer, Tiffany & Co., must therefore be considered an extraordinary accomplishment. We are thrilled to offer this previously unknown, fresh-to-the-auction market reference 6263 Tiffany Paul Newman Panda. According to scholarship, it is the only known and correct example of such a dial, making it one of the most important and valuable Cosmograph Daytonas in the collecting community.Mention the name Paul Newman and the general public visualizes the actor’s incredible talent on screen and stage, winning two Academy Awards and four Golden Globes, or as a prominent figure in the world of car racing. He won many races and was the second placed driver at the 1979 24 Hours Le Mans race. However, amongst horological aficionados, the name Paul Newman draws a revered silence and an increased heart rate. Rolex’s exotic dial for the Cosmograph Daytona, with its Art Deco-inspired flare, became known as the “Paul Newman” after the famous actor wore one for many years.The dial is considered as a “Mark II”, based on the configuration and print of the text. A recognizable trait of the exotic Paul Newman-style dials are their subsidiary dials. The art-deco style of the font used and the hash marks with small squares found on the subsidiary dial set these exotic dials apart from the more commonly seen standard dials. Fitted with an acrylic bezel, the reference is also recognized for its screw-down pushers for improved water resistanceThe condition of the present example is especially well preserved. The chronograph is further accompanied by a rare and beautiful Jubilee bracelet, adding an attractive twist to the watch’s sporty aesthetic. Its triple combination of rare and unusual designations make this Rolex 6263 a trophy watch worthy of a prominent place in the world’s finest collections.
An extremely rare and highly attractive stainless steel chronograph with off-white dial, tachometer and bracelet, retailed by Tiffany & Co.
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
*Case/Bracelet: The case is in very good overall condition, and in our view, has most likely seen one sympathetic polishing in its past. The lugs remain thick with strong definition and good proportions. The period correct Jubilee bracelet is in good condition with some stretching due to wear. *Dial: The dial is in excellent overall condition with no signs of prior restorations. The prestigious ‘Tiffany & Co’ stamping is clear and crisp, as is the rest of the printing on the dial. The luminous hour marker plots are present and intact, and match the color of the luminous hour and minute hands. *Movement: The movement is in very good condition for a watch of its age with signs of prior servicing and some scratches present on the bridges and screw-heads. The movement is currently running and all chronograph functions are operating properly.