Reference 6239 'Paul Newman' Daytona A stainless steel chronograph wristwatch, Circa 1968
Reference 6239 'Paul Newman' Daytona
A stainless steel chronograph wristwatch, Circa 1968
Caliber: cal. Valjoux 722 mechanical, 17 jewels
Case: stainless steel, screw down case back
Case number: 1'782'090
Size: 37 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 180 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Case: The case in overall good condition with previous polish in our view. Case with surface scuffing and some small nicks throughout due to wear. Bezel insert black paint lettering partially deteriorated with age on the outer edge. Crystal glazing with surface scuffs. Rivit bracelet with light stretched wear due to age. Bracelet clasp stamped 78. Numbers between the lugs are clear and legible.
Dial: Original dial and hands in our view. The dial is visibly clean. Luminous plots and luminous material in the hands are intact aside from the luminous plot at 8 o'clock which has some minor loss. Lum plots and hands react to UV light momentarily.
Movement: Date and chronograph time functions operating. The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome). Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.
The iconic reference 6239 ‘Daytona’ was introduced in the United States in 1963 to supersede the reference 6238, and available until 1969. The reference was the first to have the ‘Cosmograph’ dial designation and was produced with several dial configurations. The Tachymeter scale (used for measuring distance over time, aka, speed) which was previously printed on the dial of the 6238 was moved to an enlarged bezel, increasing the watches diameter my 1mm and providing an increased dial plate for more varied and intricate dial design, such as the ‘exotic’ dials, manufactured and supplied by Singer and with either a 2-colored dial in white or black or a 3-colored dial in white or black with red accents as seen on the current example.
These exotic dials were later to became known as 'Paul Newman' dial, after the actor. It is characterized by its square markers in the chronograph scale and subsidiary dials, as well as the alternating patterning of the coloration. At the time, these exotic dialed variants proved less popular, and so were sold in significantly fewer numbers than those with standard dials.
The reference 6239 with Paul Newman dial is an icon and an essential for any complete watch collection.