Antiquorum Geneva is about to public sale a peculiar Rolex Daytona Ref. 6264 in stainless-steel that includes a surprising “tropical” Paul Newman dial. Interestingly, the case quantity belongs to a legendary 18k gold batch, the engravings between the lugs are pretend and so is the bezel. The dial? Well, that one has a lifetime of its personal.
Lot 170 – Rolex Ref. 6264, Daytona, Paul Newman, 2357350
Auction hyperlink: Lot 170 – Rolex, Ref, 6264, Daytona, Paul Newman, Tropical outer observe and sub-dials (Antiquorum)
This watch is actually comical, in lots of respects. First, the case quantity pertains to the Rolex Daytona Ref. 6264 18k gold batch that’s residence to the elusive Paul Newman “Lemon” dials. The recognized case quantity vary of this 18k gold batch extends from 2357347 to 2357480 so clearly, 2357350 can’t be a stainless-steel mannequin. In addition, one take a look at the case quantity engravings between the lugs suffice to know they’re pretend. As stated, really comical.
As you possibly can see within the above comparability, the gold batch (2357347 – 2357480) was engraved with a unique typeface. During this era, Rolex used two totally different typefaces to engrave their instances. Some batches featured the earliest type generally known as Typeface A (since Forties), whereas different batches have been engraved with the extra prolonged Typeface B.
Read extra: The Secrets of Rolex Case Number Engravings
The Paul Newman Panda dial with its “tropical” minute observe and sub-dials is actually spectacular however haven’t we seen this very dial in one other watch only recently? Siri? Search “Perezcope classic Rolex Daytona database, Paul Newman Panda dial, Ref. 6262/6264, tropical outer observe, stains in and across the coronet”. Voilà! That appears to be like fairly comparable, does it not? But wait, a 300 items bezel on a Ref. 6262?
Let’s have a better take a look at the realm across the coronet and the Rolex emblem. Indeed, an ideal match. This is no doubt the exact same dial.
Even the arms are nonetheless the identical which reveals they merely swapped the complete inside unit from one case to a different. Lazy, are they not? For the document, in November 2020, this very dial was put in in a Ref. 6262 with case quantity 2733523. Auctioned by the identical public sale home for CHF 362,500 incl. purchaser’s premium. Click the hyperlink beneath to see the itemizing.
Auction hyperlink: Lot 554 – Rolex, Ref. 6262, Daytona, Paul Newman Panda with brown subdials and brown outer observe (Antiquorum)
Another fascinating element of this watch is the clearly pretend bezel.
There are extra questionable watches within the upcoming public sale, specifically a Rolex Daytona Ref. 6240 with a pretend “Oyster Sotto” dial (now withdrawn however nonetheless seen within the digital catalogue) and a a number of instances relumed Rolex Ref. 6150 “Pre Explorer”, each mentioned in a earlier article:
Read extra: Return to the Planet of the Fakes: “Albino” Daytona made in Tuscany
You might have observed I didn’t talk about the authenticity of the dial itself. At first look it appears to be like okay. All vital particulars are there, though some are considerably exagerated, virtually in a caricaturish approach. That is all the time an indication to be cautious. The Tuscan counterfeiters have mastered the artwork of serifes a while in the past however they have an inclination to overdo it. I heard the newest dials are virtually indistinguishable from the originals, particularly on photos. Without inspecting them up shut within the flesh, they’re very troublesome to make out. But let’s take a look at this from a unique perspective. Why set up such a tremendous “tropical” Paul Newman Panda dial in a watch with clearly pretend case quantity engravings? I feel this tells you every part that you must learn about this complete factor. Now that this dial and its peculiar particulars have been within the highlight – even when actual – it’s burned and so are all of the case numbers associated to it. What a waste!
Perhaps, nevertheless, that is all only a distraction. Has anybody else observed the insane quantity of cream-coloured 116520s developing at public sale these days?
Thank you to your curiosity.