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 Newmans 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.
The Rolex Daytona Ref 6240 was initially produced as a prototype and the reference 6240 stands out from 6239/41 by featuring screw-down pushers which is the first time this feature was implemented onto a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona and is thus the first waterproof Rolex Daytona. The Rolex Daytona 6240 was in limited production from 1965 until around 1969 with the Paul Newman examples specifically bearing a 1.6M serial number.
We love the vintage Cosmograph range of 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.
Black Paul Newman Daytona Dial
Rolex 7205 Oyster Rivet Bracelet With 60 End Pieces
CASE & BRACELET
The case shows little wear and the original black bezel is in absolutely stunning condition framing the dial beautifully without any major blemishing or delamination commonly seen in references 6240/6241/6263 bezel inserts. The early and prototype brass MK 0 screw down pushers remain in wonderful and original condition. The original Oyster twin-lock 700 crown also remains in original condition. caseback is stamped 6239 as is seen commonly in other prototype Rolex ref 6240 references of the same era. The Rolex 7205 Oyster rivet bracelet with 60 end pieces is stamped 4/66 and exhibits some stretch but is in overall excellent condition for this era. Bracelet retains 12 links.
DIAL & HANDS
This is a stunning example of a rare "Paul Newman Exotic Dial" that remains in remarkable condition, the dial is a crisp matte black with the iconic matte white subdials. The red minute track is intact. The lume plots are intact but show some minor degradation when viewed under U.V. light. The tritium filled hands remain completely intact and are in perfect condition showing no lume loss or corrosion when viewed under U.V. light.
None, The watch was just completely overhauled and is running at COSC spec.