Paul Newman's Watch

Rolex Daytona

The Rolex Cosmograph 6239 was launched in 1960, as the most modern sports watch available at the time. Soon after the 6239 was released and selling well in North America, Rolex added the word Daytona from Daytona Beach Florida, the home of car racing. The fame of the ‘Daytona Paul Newman’ started when he received the watch as a gift from his wife Joanne Woodward in 1972, when he started racing.

The series 1 Rolex Cosmograph – Daytona Paul Newman with reference 6239 has a black dial with three white sub dials, that have come block markers and crosshairs. On the dial there are applied square steel hour markers, red outer seconds tracks, and stylized divisions on inner registers. The word ‘Daytona’ in red is at 6 o’clock. It is a ‘T Swiss T’ model. The watch has a steel bezel featuring the tachymeter graduated 50/200 which is the third-generation calibrated bezel. The watch comes with a Rolex logo screw crown and two pushers (2nd generation). It is a screw back case that is engraved inside with ‘Montres Rolex S.A. Geneva – Switzerland – Patented – Stainless Steel – 6239 – CRS’. The manual winding chronograph movement is caliber Valjoux 722-1 and 17 jewels. The watch comes with jubilee Rolex bracelet of 49 end links. The watch has been visually inspected by Rolex USA for its authenticity. 

Daytona International Speedway

Rolex

In 1905, at age 24, German businessman Hans Wilsdorf founded a company with Alfred Davis called Wilsdorf & Davis in London with the goal of selling high-quality, affordable timepieces. Three years later, he and Davis registered the brand name Rolex in Switzerland with a singular vision: quality, good-looking watches. Wilsdorf created the first watch to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision in 1910. In 1914, he changed the name of the company to The Rolex Watch Company and several years later he moved their headquarters to Geneva, Switzerland, where the company remains to this day.

Rolex is likely the most recognizable watch in the world, and for good reason. The “Crown” (as it is affectionately called by collectors) it is in many ways the brand to which all other brands are compared. Rolex’s “firsts” are myriad and include the first waterproof watch in 1926 and the first self-winding mechanism in 1931. They are not the oldest watchmaker, nor are they the most exclusive, and certainly not the most expensive. However, when one thinks watches the first name that often comes to mind is Rolex, in large part due to it having been the timepiece of choice for athletes and adventurers.

In 1927, a Rolex Oyster made it across the English Channel on the wrist of swimmer, and in 1953, a Rolex survived Sir Edmund Hillary’s Mount Everest conquest. The dive into the Mariana Trench and the James Cameron Deepsea Expedition are two more examples of where a Rolex came out unscathed. The company also designed watches specifically for pilots, navigators, and world travelers.

It can be argued that every single model in the Rolex lineup is iconic, from the Submariner to the Daytona. For as long as Rolex has existed, the company has been synonymous with sport, adventure, luxury, and royalty. Some of the most famous names in history have donned a Rolex including Sir Winston Churchill, Paul Newman, and Roger Federer.

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