The ref. 6239 was the very first model of the celebrated "Daytona" series, and was produced from approximately 1964 until 1976. Available in stainless steel, 14k and 18k gold, the ref. 6239 was the firm’s first chronograph with the tachometre scale engraved on the bezel.
The so-called "exotic" or "tropical" dial, later named the "Paul Newman" by collectors, became available shortly after the 6239’s introduction.
There are very few watches in the world that carry such gravitas and desirability amongst collectors as the ‘Rolex Paul Newman Daytona’, from aspiring new collectors to more seasoned ones, hence owning one is a must.
Condition is key as is with many things, but in the world of Daytona collecting, it almost becomes a science. From the clarity of the sub dials, to the lume plots remaining intact, all these factors come together to create high desirability, and the present watch is one of those.
The case retains its correct proportions, the UPH bezel is still legible, the dial is as sharp as any collector could hope for, with striking contrasts from the white sub-dials against the black, and there is no loss to the edges of the dial as often can be found on the exotic dials.
Lot 125 achieved 155,000 CHF at the Geneva Watch Auction: TWO.