A highly collectible and historically important yellow gold chronograph wristwatch featuring a sought-after “Paul Newman Lemon” dial and original bracelet, reference 6264s, will be available for purchase at Phillips’ New York Watch Auction: Nine on December 9th. The “Lemon” Paul Newman Daytona stands out from the more prevalent champagne-dial variant due to its unique dial. For a watch to be classified as a “Lemon” Paul Newman, the main dial must possess a matte-finished, grené-textured with a cream yellow hue, as opposed to a metallic gold or champagne appearance.
After gracefully maturing for the last fifty years and coming from a significant American collector, the current reference 6264 is now a top-tier must-have for collectors who appreciate truly significant timepieces.
Accompanied by a luxurious 18 karat yellow gold Oyster bracelet, this watch bears a serial number that falls closely within the range of other Paul Newman “Lemon” reference 6264s in 18 karat yellow gold, beginning with 2’357’XXX. It sits just 37 digits away from “El Limoncito,” which achieved a remarkable USD $2,000,000 at a Phillips New York auction in June 2022.
Year: Circa 1970
Reference No: 6264; inside caseback stamped 6241
Case No: 2’357’442
Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona “Paul Newman Lemon”
Material: 18K yellow gold
Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, end links stamped 71
Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex deployant clasp, reference 7205, stamped “H”
Dimensions: 37mm Diameter
Signed: Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.