Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jul 21, 2021

LOT 379

Ref. 6239, chronograph, Tropical Counters; “Daytona”; stainless steel

EUR 60,000 - 80,000

USD 72,000 - 95,000 / HKD 560,000 - 740,000

Sold: EUR 97,500

Fine and rare, stainless steel, manual-winding, tonneau-shaped, gentleman’s wristwatch, silver colour dial, with chronograph and three “colour change” “Tropical” counters.

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Grading System
Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Rolex, Geneva

Model “Daytona”

Reference 6239

Year 1967

Case No. 1 626 435

Bracelet stainless steel Rolex “Oyster” bracelet with deployant clasp (Ref. 7835; end-links 71N; dated 4.67)

Diameter 37 mm

Caliber 722 (based on Valjoux)

Signature dial, case and movement

Accessories Fitted box, papers, service invoice


In 1963, Rolex launched its iconic chronograph, the Daytona, named after the famous Daytona Beach racing circuit in Florida. Replacing the reference 6238, the reference 6239 is the first to bear this name and to have the "Cosmograph" dials. It is equipped with a manual movement Valjoux 72B or 722 modified by Rolex which is extremely reliable. This particular timepiece has a twist : it is a color change dial, meaning the registers, under the effect of time, sun and weather, are turning into a beautiful brown. This feature elevates the watch to the highest rank of collectables. Produced until 1969, the ref. 6239 embodies a turning point in the history of the manufacture, which wishes to meet the expectations of the modern man by creating a sporty and classic, reliable and robust watch