Just as the clothes can make a man, so a dial can make the watch.
Although, the intended function of Rolex limited edition watches dial is to simply provide for the telling of time, in the world of vintage watches, it alone can distinguish value and rarity.
There’s no better example of this than the Rolex Paul Newman Daytona dial you see here, which comes from a 14K yellow gold ref. 6241. It’s said that once Paul Newman — the man — graced magazine covers wearing his Rolex Daytona ref. 6239 this exotic dial gained exceptional notoriety.
There were six Daytona models Rolex chose to house a small number of these PN dials into. These were the references 6239, 6241, 6262, 6264, 6263 and 6265.
1963 launched the era of Rolex Daytona Chronograph models. This auto racing inspired watch, originally called the Le Mans, was later renamed Daytona by Rolex for the American market.
Rolex did more than just change the name; they redesigned the dial and bezel for this very reason.
Before 1963, Rolex chronograph dials featured a printed tachymeter and sub dials that matched the dial color. These models are often times referred to as the “Pre-Daytona” models.
Then came along the Daytona dials that featured inverse colored sub dials and bezels with an engraved tachymeter on the bezel as shown below.
This particular 6239 Paul Newman with the pump pushers was produced in 1966.
A quick side note on the matter of their rarity. A question that I got question asked recently: “Why, if they are so rare do I see them everywhere?”
Ever hear the phrase, “frequency illusion”? I looked it up to understand that there’s a phenomenon in human behavior where upon learning or noticing something of interest, we start seeing it everywhere. I can see why with the high desirability, distinctive dial and upcoming auction, that the eye is drawn to any article or reference to the Rolex Daytona copy watches.
How rare? Take for instance the 14k yellow gold Daytona I started off with. It is understood that less than 400 of these 6241 Daytona’s were produced and of those, very few received the Paul Newman dial.
The Black and Gold dial Rolex replica watches presented here is also known among the vintage Rolex guys as the “John Player Special”. Now, John Player Special was the brand name of tobacco products sold in a striking black and gold box.
In 1972, the Formula One motorsports team, Team Lotus, accepted sponsorship from the John Player Special Brand and had immediate success winning both the Constructor’s Championship 3 times in the 1970’s as well as the Driver’s Championship in 1972.