(Login 1992GMT) VRF Member Posted Jun 17, 2011 6:30 PM
I, too, just recently purchased a 6239 from the family of the original owner. Mine is a 1,600,xxx serial number. From my research, yours is the very first cosmograph with the word "Daytona" on the dial. Its the first Daytona. Yours has Daytona in small print, mine, the second version the Daytona font is larger. I've seen advertisments for the model just before yours, whereas Rolex introduced it as the "Le Mans" and another where they introduced it as the "Daytona ", with neither inscription was on the dial.
I grew up one hour out side of Daytona Florida, and it just seems so interesting that the Rolex Daytona was named after, basically, a redneck race. Nothing fancy about Daytona in the 60's. I guess after Ford, beginning in the late 60's ended the pasta rockets run on F 1 world championships by winning 7 straight, Rolex figured, hey, we gotta pay attention to what the good ole boys in the USA are doing.
Nice watch you have, tell us more about the history of the owner.
Whats the inside case back date stamp?
What model bracelet and whats the date stamp on the clasp?
Did Rolex replace anything else besides the crown?
Any boxes or papers?