Last few strokes on the timeless and incredibly rare 1963 Rolex Reference 6239 Double Swiss Underline, the second drawing in the JKAI Timepieces road-inspired collection.
Rolex has a long and storied history with auto races, as far back as 1902 on the beach in Daytona, Florida. It became the official timekeeper of the Daytona International Speedway race in 1962 and the Cosmograph Ref 6239 was nicknamed “Daytona” for its connection to the race. This timepiece was created for racecar drivers and enthusiasts – the tachymeter scale on the bezel, for example, is quite a bit larger than those found on other watches.
Time is set at 3:17, start time of the 1963 race won by Tiny Lund, a 6’5”(!) Nascar journeyman driver.
This legendary timepiece makes me weak at the knees… kinda like dreamy Paul Newman who is said to have worn his Daytona every day from 1972 until the day he died in 2008. Thanks to Ben Clymer for this insightful Daytona history lesson over at Hodinkee!