The “Paul Newman” dial is such an iconic feature that it has its very own Reference Points article. There you can find some info on the transitional reference 6262 – with pump pushers, it very much looks like the reference 6239, except that it relies on a more recent evolution of the Valjoux 72, the caliber Valjoux 727. It was only produced in 1970-1971, which is consistent with the 2.5M serial number of this example (the listing dates it to 1968, which is tad too early for such a serial number).
However, there is much more to this chronograph than Rolex Replica geek points: as mentioned in this article from Watchpatina (where the photos also originated) it comes with a fascinating provenance and accessories. It is described as “full set,” meaning that the original box and papers are included, although the guarantee was almost left blank, without any matching serial number and only the 6239 reference, which is an issue in establishing full correctness of such a set. The true kicker is that it is said to come from the original owner, who consigned to with an auction house after he realized that the watch he had bought and quickly put aside in the 1970s was actually very valuable, especially since he did not get much use from it over the past 40+ years. And this Daytona’s overall condition fully reflects that, with not much stretch to the expandable bracelet, and a thick case.
This special Paul Newman Daytona Replica will be auctioned at Leslie Hindmans Auctioneers next week, on April 25, with a $65,000-85,000 estimate.