1968 Rolex Daytona (Ref. 6241) "Paul Newman Exotic Dial"
If you ask a vintage watch collector what their "Holy Grail Watch" would be, many would answer without a stutter the Rolex Paul Newman Daytona." Perhaps the most important watch and dial configuration when considering vintage Rolex, or Rolex in general. Known today to be one of the most prestigious and valuable watches ever produced by Rolex. The Rolex Daytona exotic dial received its name the "Paul Newman", after the famed actor and then racecar driver Paul Newman chose a Rolex 6239 Daytona with exotic Panda Dial configuration as his personal watch.
In October of 2017, Paul Newman's personal Rolex exotic Ref. 6239 was auctioned by Phillips auction house in NYC for $17.75M making it the most expensive and iconic wristwatch ever sold.
We love the vintage Cosmograph range due to the fact that they have a high level of contrast which is something the modern Rolex Daytona range of timepieces has lost due to the completely monochromatic look of the dials found on today modern reference range. The exotic dial within the range is not only rare but stylish.
|Dial||White Exotic "Paul Newman"|
|Strap||Rolex Oyster Rivet Bracelet W/ 71 End Pieces|
The thick case is in excellent condition and has been lightly polished in the past, showing even lugs with very light signs of use. The original acrylic bezel remains in stunning condition, showing almost no signs of use. The case retains its original twin-lock crown and pump pushers. The case back is stamped 6241. The Rolex Oyster rivet bracelet with 71 end pieces is in wonderful condition, retaining 12 links and showing some stretch.
The beautiful white exotic Daytona "Paul Newman" dial is wonderful condition. The matte white portion of the dial has achieved an excellent cream coloration, showing only very light signs of aging. The stepped black and red outer minute track remains intact and in remarkable condition. The inner sub-dials with art deco numerals remain in clean and original condition. The original tritium lume plots have taken on a lovely creamy yellow patina, under U.V. light inspection the lume plots are full and round, showing no degradation. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light inspection.
None. Watch is functioning and keeping time perfectly, previous service history is unknown.