Rolex Daytona Ref. 6239 - 'Panda' Dial
The Rolex Daytona has long been one of the most desirable chronographs in production, which is funny for a model that was initially off to a slow sales start! In fact - it was almost known as the Rolex ‘LeMans’ Chronograph! Early Daytona’s can be a lot of fun to collect because of not just how iconic they are - but also because of how many changes to reference number and dial configurations there are! The one thing they had in common was their manually wound movements. Every Daytona variant was based on the iconic Valjoux 72 chronograph.
The present example is a reference 6239 - the reference that was personally favored by actor and racer Paul Newman! It’s distinguished by its panda dial, steel bezel, and small pump pushers with no crown guards. Overall, a very clean and sleek aesthetic for a chronograph - and certainly easier to use without screw-down pushers! The real story here - beyond rarity - is the condition that this watch is preserved in. The case is more than likely unpolished retaining thick and even lugs that we look for in these vintage chronographs, and the dial has no chipping or fading which is a common issue in early Daytona models. It is worth noting that while two lume plots are missing, it does not do much to detract from the overall look of the watch. Fitted to a later solid end link Oyster bracelet, more secure than a 60s Riveted one - this is an excellent Daytona ready for everyday wear for the next 60 years.
About The Brand
Rolex is not only the most famous watch brand in the world, it is one of the most famous luxury brands ever. It is a symbol of craftsmanship and for that it has not been rivaled. From the advent of the oyster case to modern masterpieces, Rolex is truly a timeless watch that both aficionados and admirers alike can appreciate.
The Nitty Gritty
Case Diameter: 37mm
Lug Width: 19mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Case Condition: Lightly polished case with thick and even lugs.
Dial Condition: Mint with no wear (1 and 4 O’clock plots are imperfect)
Movement: Rolex Branded Valjoux 72
Bracelet: Rolex Solid Link Oyster Bracelet Ref. 78350 with later “N” clasp code
*Some marks or spots on the dial are reflections or dust on the crystal and are due to high intensity strobe lighting used while photographing. They are not actually on the watch or visible in natural lighting.
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