Rolex The Floating Daytona ref. 6240

Year of issue: 1966
Reference number: 6240
Condition: mint
Status: available
Dealer country: Monaco
Price in EUR € On request


Extremely rare and early example of steel Rolex Daytona ref. 6240, manufactured in 1966. The present specimen stands out for the amazing silver dial featuring the rare and charming small “Floating Daytona” writing. All the luminous plots are perfectly intact. The charm of this early example is enhanced by the wonderful tone of oxidized "Millerighe” screw-down chronograph buttons. Introduced in 1965 reference 6240 was in production until 1969: for the first time, Rolex introduced an acrylic bezel for the tachometer scale and the new screw-down chronograph buttons to improve water resistance.  It is believed there are only 1.700 examples ever made. Case n.: 1297xxx Cal.: Manual, cal. 722 Diam.: 37.5 mm Box & Papers: none Manufactured in: 1966


Corrado Mattarelli


Birth of a Horological Icon Timepiece  The myth around the iconic Rolex Daytona has spread around the world recent years. Always has the Daytona model been attached to motor racing, at first Rolex called their new Cosmograph the “Le Mans” and little later to “Daytona” when Rolex started to sponsor the well known U.S. speedway.
Cosmograph: a name that was to be the forerunner of great fortune. Actually, the choice of the name proved to be neither easy nor expected. Whilst Rolex on the one hand flirted with the car-racing world, on the other hand it could not remain unaware of the vast media attention, which at that time was surrounding the conquest of outer space.