ROLEX DAYTONA PAUL NEWMAN REF. 6241
Very rare and superb 14k yellow solid gold pilot’s wrist chronograph. Round case. Screwed-down crown and case back. Epoxy bezel with tachymeter scale. Cream dial with 3 black registers. Manual-winding mechanical column-wheel movement.
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Motor sport and prestige watchmaking mechanics. The Rolex Daytona finds its roots in the early 20th century, with the development of technical feats and the first speed records.
The site of the first speed records, Daytona beach in Florida owes its fame to a bold man. Sir Malcolm Campbell, an English-born racing driver, set a speed record of 396 km/h (246 mph). Once again, Hans Wilsdorf saw the opportunity to brand communicate by offering Sir Malcolm Campbell the prestigious title of Rolex ambassador. The pre Daytona model is the reference 6238, launched in early 1960 and produced until 1967.
The first Daytona is the reference 6239 powered by the famous calibre 72 B or 722, it is then the first chronograph named Cosmograph. The actor Paul Newman sacralizes the model on the screen and the collectors call the model with the name of the actor, recognizable for its register’s square indexes on the chronograph.
The model presented here is a Daytona Paul Newman, reference 6241. It is a 14k yellow solid gold round case of 37 mm diameter, a black bezel with tachymetric scale, pump push buttons and screwed-down case back. Exotic cream dial with three black registers. Manual-winding mechanical movement with column-wheel.
This historical icon that breaks records in auction rooms is undoubtedly the most emblematic chronograph of all time.
A timeless and stylish chronograph that remains one of Rolex’s flagship models today.