18K Yellow Gold Rolex Paul Newman Ref 6239 JPS

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Year of issue: 1968
Reference number: 6239
Condition: worn
Status: sold
Dealer country: United States
Price in US $ n/a



Brand: Rolex Model: Daytona Reference: 6239 Gender: Unisex Year: 1968 Material: 18k YG Dial Color: Paul Newman Black with Gold Subdials Dimensions: 37mm Watch Movement: Manual-Wind Bracelet/Strap: Yellow Gold Oyster Rivet Bracelet Box/Paper: Leather Travel Case Condition: Likely Never Polished, Original Finish SKU: 161386
This stunning and exceptionally rare Paul Newman Daytona Ref. 6239 is one of the most sought after configurations by Rolex collectors. These yellow gold, black dial examples are referred to as John Player Special or JPS Daytonas. In the early 1970s, cigarette maker John Player sponsored the Lotus Formula One race team. The Lotus team car donned the black and gold logo of the John Player Special cigarette. The similarity of coloring between the formula one car and the Rolex chronograph that had become popular in the auto-racing world did not go unnoticed. This earned this Daytona the nickname John Player Special. This example is not only a rare configuration (many JPS Daytonas are reference 6241), but it is also in fantastic original condition with a clean dial, sharp case and original parts.


Justin Gruenberg

The Rolex Daytona "Paul Newman"

Due to the coolness of Mr Paul Newman italian collectors started to call his “Exotic” Daytona giving the nickname Paul Newman. From origin Rolex asked their dial maker Singer to produce a special run chronograph dials because those where not selling quite well back in the days. The successful flight to the moon with the Omega Speedmaster was working negatively for the sales of the Rolex Daytona. Due to the oil crisis made the racing imago wasn’t very populair and Rolex needed to come up with something new. Except the development by Singer of the “Exotic” dial, Rolex developed the “screw down oyster-waterproof” pusher making their Daytona Cosmograph a sales hit. Learn more about the specifics of Rolex Paul Newman dials by checking the following article: Learning to understand the exotic Paul Newman dial designs.