In the latest installment of our Key Vintage Rolex Sports Models series, we look at the most famous Vintage Sports watch of all time -Daytona Paul Newman 6239. More specifically, we’ll explore the first fake Rolex Daytona Paul Newman, ref.6239.
While early models of the Daytona timepiece with its exotic dial weren’t popular with Rolex customers, that quickly changed after contacting well-known actor and racing driver Paul Newman. Also driving the hype is the now-famous photograph of Paul Newman himself, clearly seen on the white dial Daytona reference. 6239 on his wrist.
Rolex was introduced in the early 1960s. Cheap fake Rolex ref. 6239 watches was the first Daytona Paul Newman, and it was a reference for Paul Newman to wear himself. Although Paul Newman’s Rolex reference. 6239 comes with a white dial, and this particular Daytona 6239 comes in black. The black dial is topped with a small white dial, while the outer one has a red minute track. In addition, red is also used for DAYTONA text above 6 o ‘clock, and the metal watch ring is marked with a speedometer scale.
Driving generation Daytona Paul Newman ref. 6239 is Valjoux 722 manual mechanical movement, with 17 gems. Of course, in future daytona models, the manual on-link movement will be replaced by the automatic on-link movement, while the Valjoux movement will provide support for the Rolex replica watches swiss movement. Also, the reference case. 6239 has pump thrusters at 2 o ‘clock and 4 o ‘clock, instead of the rotary thrusters that later provide the daytona line.
The brother reference of 6239 is Daytona Paul Newman ref. 6241, identical except for the black acrylic watch ring instead of the metal one. The referee. 6239 was eventually eliminated, making room for the ref. 6262, which made its debut in 1970. The main difference between the ref. 6239 and the ref. 6262 is the updated Valjoux 727 movement, which is 21,600 times per hour. Apart from technical differences, ref. 6239 and the ref. 6262 are the same aesthetically.
Paul Newman’s best quality Rolex Daytona chronograph has enjoyed an incredible history so far, suggesting that a hard start can indeed end in a winning way. And Daytona ref. 6239 is the start of what is now the most popular old Rolex lineup.