Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jul 25, 2023

LOT 232


EUR 500,000 - 800,000

USD 550,000 - 870,000 / HKD 4,260,000 - 6,820,000 / CHF 490,000 - 790,000

A very fine, exceptionally rare, manual wind, 18k yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with Paul Newman dial so called "John Player Special"

Grading System
Case: 3-8


Slightly scratched

Movement: 3 *
Dial: 2-6-8-01

Very good

Slightly oxidized

Slightly scratched

HANDS Original

Brand Rolex, Switzerland

Model Cosmograph Daytona

Reference 6239

Year circa 1968

Case No. 2330427

Material 18K yellow gold

Bracelet 18k yellow gold Rolex riveted bracelet with deployant clasp (dated 1.72), length approx 180 mm.

Diameter 36 mm.

Caliber 722-1, 17 jewels

Weight 106.2 gr. (approx.)

Signature dial, case and movement signed


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The reference 6239 is the first reference of the Daytona collection. Initially called “Le Mans” as an homage to the eponymous French car race, of 24 Hours of Le Mans (24 Heures du Mans); the name “Daytona” appeared in 1965 written on the dial of this chronograph, as a reference to famous American car races held on Daytona beach such as the “Daytona 500” or the “Rolex 24 At Daytona”.

Introduced in 1963, it was produced until 1969, mainly in stainless steel. Experts agree that from an overall production of 14.000 examples, approximately only 300 were cased in 14k and 18k yellow gold.

Referred as the John Player Special reminiscent of the cigarette brand with similar colours that sponsored the Lotus Formula 1 team starting in 1972. Often found in reference 6241, John Player Special's with reference 6239 are exceptionally rare and is considered as one of the most desirable versions of the Paul Newman ever produced.