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Rolex. A Fine and Rare Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet and Original Guarantee
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Rolex. A Fine and Rare Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet and Original Guarantee

SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA, PAUL NEWMAN MODEL, REF. 6239, CASE NO. 2'004'750, CIRCA 1968

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Rolex. A Fine and Rare Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet and Original Guarantee
Signed Rolex, Cosmograph Daytona, Paul Newman Model, Ref. 6239, Case No. 2'004'750, Circa 1968
Cal. 722 mechanical movement, 17 jewels, cream matte dial, applied square numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, black outer chapter ring with red fifth of a second divisions, three black engine-turned subsidiary dials for 12 hour and 30 minute registers and constant seconds, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, bezel calibrated for 200 units, two round chronograph buttons in the band, screw down crown, screw back, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and deployant clasp, case, dial, and movement signed
36mm diam.

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Lot Essay

Accompanied by a Rolex Guarantee dated March 4, 1972, Rolex presentation box, product literature, and outer packaging.

Reference 6239, the very first model of the celebrated Daytona series, succeeded reference 6238 and could be found in sales catalogues in Europe as of 1964. It is thought that the model was available in the US already in 1963. Available in stainless steel, 14K and 18K gold, reference 6239 was the firm's first chronograph with the tachometer scale engraved on the bezel and the subsidiary dials printed in a different color than the main dial for better readability. The dials of the early models featured only the designation Cosmograph, referring to the outer space travels of the early 60s. The Daytona was added on later series to mark Rolex's sponsorship of the renowned NASCAR stock car race.

The so-called exotic or tropical dial, were later called Paul Newman dials, so named after the actor was photographed wearing a reference 6239 Daytona in a publicity shoot for the film Winning.

The present watch is a very attractive example of a reference 6239 Daytona with Paul Newman dial, featuring a crisp bezel, desirable red outer fifth-seconds ring, and original bracelet.

For detailed descriptions and illustrations of reference 6239 see Rolex Daytona - a legend is born by Carlo Pergola, Stefano Mazzariol, Giovanni Dosso, pp. 44 - 61. Different versions of reference 6239 in regard to case material and dial layout are furthermore described and illustrated in I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 296-303.

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