ROLEX Daytona
« Paul Newman »
Ref. 6239

The same configuration chosen by Joan Woodward for Paul Newman. This one does not have the « DRIVE CAREFULLY ME » engraved.

Two years after the introduction of « DAYTONA » on its chronograph’ dials ROLEX is searching some new avenues. During this period, the 6239 has already known 5 different dial variants (underline, 2 lines, small Daytona, large Daytona, cherry logo). ROLEX even used the 6239 base to build the prototype 6240 trying to make it waterproof with screw-down pushers. The supplier Singer (dial maker) proposed ROLEX to use their different subdials graphics already in use for other brands. ROLEX accepted but with a more elaborated dial generating a depth perception: the exotic dial was born. ROLEX fitted randomly these exotic dials on its Daytona until ~1972 (ends around serial 3,06x,xxx). Estimates believe only 3% to 5% of the production received these dials. For cool kids only.

Serial:   2,00x,xxx (1969)

Dial:  white dial with a pale red minute track and immaculate brownish subdials! 2nd generation of Paul Newman dial with small « sing a song » T SWISS T. All tritium lume plots are intact. The luminous match the hands’ one and still glow green & fade perfectly.

Case:  the case is thick and the lugs are sharp. Caseback is engraved 6239 CRS (stands for Charles Renée Spielmann, a friend of Hans Wildorf who supplied parts for Rolex).

Pushers: probably original short pump pushers

Bracelet:  oyster bracelet reference 7205 with 57 end links and a clasp from 4 69 matching the production year.

Box & papers: Rolex presentation box.