It can’t be easy to find early model vintage Rolex Daytona watches. As a matter of fact, if you are a pure originalist, you may plan to spend many months looking. Be sure to only deal with reputable dealers so you can focus on finding the right watch for your collection rather than worrying about whether the seller is trying to scam what can only be described as a lot of money out of you.
Therefore, when it comes to the Rolex Paul Newman Daytona ref. 6239, prices can be almost impossible to predict. As one expert put it, “everyone who knows what these are already has one.” The Daytona ref 6239 is not the most popular of the various vintage Daytona models, but it is the prototype of the Paul Newman Daytona and surely one of the most sought after and collectible models.
However, as we’ve already mentioned above, it’s almost impossible to say what any given Rolex 6239 will fetch on the pre-owned market, as factors such as dial color, condition, and the availability of the original box and paperwork can all have a significant effect on overall resale value.
To date, the Paul Newman version of the vintage Rolex Daytona has enjoyed an incredible history, showing that a rocky start can indeed end in triumph. And the Daytona ref. 6239 is the beginning of the most in-demand vintage best rolex watch on the market today.
While Paul Newman’s own Rolex ref. 6239 features a “tricolor” white dial with a black chronograph and red accents for contrast, the model was also produced with a black exotic dial, a white chronograph and a red minute track around the dial’s perimeter. The DAYTONA logo above 6 o’clock on both dials is also in red, while the fixed metal bezel is engraved with a tachymetric scale.
Driving the Rolex Daytona Paul Newman ref. 6239 is the hand-wound mechanical movement Valjoux 72 or Valjoux 722, with 17 jewels. Of course, manual-winding movements would eventually be replaced by automatic movements in future Daytona models; however, this change did not occur until 1988, and the first Rolex Manufacture Daytona movement did not appear till 2000. Although manual movements require some effort on the part of the wearer each time, the ritual is quite satisfying.