Reference 6241 'Paul Newman' Daytona A stainless steel chronograph wristwatch, Circa 1968

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March 19, 06:14 PM GMT


180,000 - 240,000 USD

Lot Details



Reference 6241 'Paul Newman' Daytona

A stainless steel chronograph wristwatch, Circa 1968

Dial: white

Caliber: cal. Valjoux 722-1 mechanical, 17 jewels

Case: stainless steel, screw down case back

Case number: 2'036'642

Closure: stainless steel Rolex buckle

Size: 38 mm diameter

Signed: case, dial and movement

Box: yes

Papers: no

Accessories:Rolex presentation box and product literature 

Only in production from 1965 to 1969, the Rolex Reference 6241 is one of the rarest and most desirable variants of the Daytona series, having been made in very limited quantities of approximately 2,700 to 3000 pieces. 

Like its sister model, the Reference 6239, the model is fitted with an early non-oyster case with pump style pushers, and a Valjoux 722 caliber movement. Unlike the Reference 6239, the 6241 is dressed with a black acrylic bezel insert, giving the reference a slightly larger and more contemporary appearance. Much like the exotic Paul Newman dial, this acrylic bezel insert intensifies the reference’s presence on the wrist, yielding a more imposing aesthetic similar to that of a modern watch. 

Of all the 6241’s made, only a very limited number were fitted with an exotic dial, later becoming known as the 'Paul Newman', named for the American actor, director, and race car driver who so famously sported examples throughout his life. Though the differences between standard and exotic dials can be reduced to mere typefaces and subtle applications of color, the result of these traits is pivotal in practice. These highly prized ‘exotic dials’ were available in black with white sub dials, and white with black sub dials. These stylized dials featured a stepped outer track, and sunken subsidiary dials accented by art-deco inspired square indexes. When preserved faithfully like the example in question, the result is nothing short of extraordinary, and telling of why Rolex now enjoys the reputation it does.

This present example is presented in very good overall condition, with all the lume plots intact having aged consistently and retain a uniform size. The dial has taken on a creamy patina and the slanted “T Swiss T” designation at 6 o’clock is clear and visible (particular to references 6239 and 6241). The case, in original condition retains its proportions and classical presentation with pump pushers and original black acrylic bezel. The numbers between the lugs remain very crisp and easy to read. The overall condition makes this Paul Newman reference 6241 a very appealing and original example.