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VIDEO: Rolex Daytona Ref. 6239

Rolex Daytona (6239) Video

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Pre-Owned Rolex Daytona Ref. 6239

Introduced in 1963, the Daytona Ref. 6239 was the first Rolex chronograph to bear the “Cosmograph” name. It was also the first model to introduce design elements that we now associate with the Daytona: inverse colors for the chronograph counters, and an external tachymetre scale. This basic design carries forward to today!

As one of the most sought-after watches on the market today, the Rolex Daytona has achieved legendary status in the world of watches. This example dates to 1970, which was the last year of production for the 6239. This vintage model is in excellent condition and includes its original “C&I” Oyster Rivet bracelet dated 7-70 and the original box, manual, and service papers from 1973.

Considered to be the patriarch of the Daytona collection, the Reference 6239 was first introduced in 1963, a year after Rolex sponsored the first 24 Hours of Daytona race. Rolex was the official timekeeper of the race, and the winner was awarded one of these watches.

The 6239 was the first Rolex chronograph to bear the “Cosmograph” name, and it introduced many of the iconic design elements that we now associate with the Daytona. It was the first time Rolex used inverse colors for the subdials, and the tachymetre scale was moved from the dial to the steel bezel. This visual overhaul made the dial much more legible and created a sporty new spirit for the classic chronograph—an iconic style that would endure for decades.

Dating to 1970, this vintage example represents the last year the 6239 was produced. Simply slide it on your wrist and you’re instantly transported into the world of vintage auto racing.

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