The next future icon
It’s questionable that the Cellini line accomplished Jeanneret’s goal of creating Swiss made fake Rolex collectors, either then or now. Rolex’s next professional release, however, would certainly inspire thousands of future enthusiasts. In 1963, high quality replica Rolex released the Cosmograph reference 6239, the brand’s first watch designed specifically for endurance race car drivers.
It featured a manually wound copy Rolex 722 (Valjoux 72) chronograph caliber, a tachymeter bezel, black or white dials with contrasting sub-dials, and came in a 37mm non-Oyster case. In very early advertisements, best 1:1 replica Rolex called this model the “Le Mans.” It appears, however, that the brand never produced dials with this name, and it failed to catch on. But if this watch looks familiar, there’s a good reason for that. The luxury replica Rolex’s new racing chronograph would very soon become known as the “Daytona.”
As with most of the Swiss movement fake Rolex professional models released in the ’50s and ’60s, the Cosmograph received revisions not long after its debut. By 1965, AAA quality replica Rolex released the references 6240 and 6241. The 6240 featured an upgraded Oyster case with a screw-down and patented screw-down pushers, as well as a new black acrylic bezel insert. This is the first reference in which the cheap copy Rolex Daytona name appeared on the dial. Interestingly, however, some dials did not have it. The 6241, a non-Oyster case version of the 6240, was the first perfect super clone Rolex Cosmograph to feature the Daytona designation on all dials.
The stuff of legends
Rolex replica watches online produced these first three Cosmograph/Daytona references concurrently until 1969. Starting in 1965, some of them even featured “exotic” dials. These had an art deco font on the subdials, contrasting chapter ring, and red accents. Exotic dials were the runts of the litter, and they did not sell well for many years. These, days however, it’s a whole different story. Nicknamed “Paul Newman” after the famous actor and race car driver who wore one, these dials are now incredibly desirable among modern-day collectors. Paul Newman’s personal top fake Rolex Daytona sold at auction for $17.8 million USD in 2017.