A Vintage Rolex Daytona with a Paul Newman ref 6239.
In our most recent portion of our Key Vintage Rolex Sports Models arrangement, we investigate seemingly the most popular vintage sports watches ever—the Daytona Paul Newman 6239. All the more explicitly, we’ll investigate the absolute first Daytona Paul Newman, the ref. 6239.
What is a Rolex Daytona “Paul Newman”?
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona “Paul Newman”, 6239 (Source: Phillips)
Although the value uniqueness between a customary vintage Rolex Daytona and a Paul Newman Daytona is immense, the solitary contrast between them is simply corrective. A Paul Newman Daytona is one that bears a dial that Rolex named an “intriguing dial” in the 1960s.
Specifically, the Rolex outlandish dials have the accompanying features:
- The numerals on the threesome of registers are in an Art Deco style font
- The lists on the threesome of registers incorporate a square tip
- The threesome of registers have crosshairs
- The register at 9 o’clock has a numeral design of 15/30/45/60 instead of 20/40/60
An super uncommon Newman Daytona in prestine condition
Also essential to note is that the intriguing dials have a place with following six vintage Rolex Daytona chronographs:
- Rolex Daytona ref. 6239
- Rolex Daytona ref. 6241
- Rolex Daytona ref. 6262
- Rolex Daytona ref. 6263
- Rolex Daytona ref. 6264
- Rolex Daytona ref. 6265
Paul Newman wearing a Daytona ref. 6239 with the fascinating white dial
While early models of the Daytona chronographs that were outfitted with the outlandish dial were not well known with Rolex customers, this immediately changed after they became related with famed entertainer and race vehicle driver, Paul Newman. Supposedly, in a virtuoso advertising move, Italian sale houses advertised up the way that Paul Newman himself wore a Daytona with a colorful dial and started alluding to these specific models as the “Paul Newman” Daytona watches. Additionally fueling the publicity is a now celebrated image of Paul Newman himself with a reasonable perspective on the white dial Daytona ref. 6239 on his wrist.
Rolex Daytona Paul Newman ref. 6239
Introduced in the mid 1960s, the Rolex ref. 6239 is the main Daytona Paul Newman and it’s likewise a reference that was worn by Paul Newman himself. While Paul Newman’s Rolex ref. 6239 wore a white dial, this specific Daytona 6239 is the dark dial variant. The dark dial is finished off with the white subdials while the external edge includes a red moment track. Besides, the red tone is likewise utilized for the DAYTONA text over 6 o’clock, while the metal bezel is engraved with the tachymeter scale.
Driving the Daytona Paul Newman ref. 6239 is the is the Valjoux 722 manual mechanical development with 17 gems. Obviously, in future Daytona models the manual-injury developments would be supplanted via programmed ones and Valjoux developments will move to one side for Rolex types. Also, the instance of the ref. 6239 has siphon pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock instead of the screw-down pushers that will later outfit the Daytona line.
The kin reference of the 6239 is the Daytona Paul Newman ref. 6241, which is exactly the equivalent aside from the dark acrylic bezel as opposed to the metal one. The ref. 6239 was in the end eliminated to prepare for the ref. 6262, which made its presentation in 1970. The fundamental contrast between the ref. 6239 and the ref. 6262 is the updated Valjoux 727 development with 21,600 beats each hour. Beside specialized contrasts, the ref. 6239 and the ref. 6262 are tastefully identical.
The Paul Newman editions of the Rolex Daytona chronographs have appreciated a unimaginable history hitherto, showing that a rough beginning can undoubtedly end in a victorious finish. What’s more, the Daytona ref. 6239 was the start of what is presently the most sought after vintage Rolex arrangements out there.
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