Sotheby’s , London, 22 September 2015
Sold for £75,000
Considering the sky-high profile of “Paul Newman” Daytonas, it seems remarkable that there are still some coming to light from long-term private ownership. But, according to Sotheby’s, this particular watch is just such an example, brought in to the Bond Street counter by a vendor who has owned it for many years.
The watch is a reference 6262 model dating from 1970 (the original year of 6262 production) featuring the Calibre 727 movement and a metal telemetric bezel graduated to 200 units per hour. Although hardly a rare watch – more than 6262s were produced in various guises – no regular QP reader will need to be told that any original, good condition example is both valuable and highly collectable.
This one has a very clean, unrestored dial and the sort of well-defined case edges that point to minimal re-polishing over the years. Perhaps the only downside is the fact that its bracelet has been replaced with a non-original version, but that failed to seriously affect the price.