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This can be considered a grail watch.
Rolex became the official timekeeper of the 24 hour sports car endurance race held in Daytona Beach Florida in 1962 a year before the debut of the Rolex Daytona and this is one of the earliest examples made without the now famous 'Daytona" on the dial which was added in 1965.
A true mark 1 dial 6239 was advertised by Rolex with the name "Le Mans" but as they moved into the American mark the name didn't stick and the "Daytona" was born.
Reference 6239 was the first Rolex to move the tachymeter from the dial to be engraved on the bezel with units per hour to 300. Used to measure distance over time or speed to us non-racing drivers, it was introduced to be more legible for its user.
We also see for the first time Rolex models using inverted colours in the chronograph registers, black on silver or white on black as this example is. The tachymeter and these new dials gave the 6239 Daytona a more chunky, aggressive and sport-oriented look and feel.
A very early beautiful example of the classic and highly sought after Rolex Daytona 6239 dating from 1964. Crafted in steel and found in a truly wonderful original condition.
This watch has the 722-1 manual winding, 17 jewel movement housed in the unpolished steel case with screw-down back and original Plexiglass. The riveted Rolex Oyster bracelet with folding deployment clasp is in incredible condition. Model displays the "T-swissT" dial stamp indicating the use of tritium. These plots nicely match those of the hands.
A piece of Rolex history in beautiful condition, it would take pride of place in any collection.