Description

The 6241 is the black bezel version of the first Daytona

The Rolex 6241 can be thought of as the twin of the 6239. This is because it is essentially the same watch with a different bezel. The 6239’s bezel is metallic, whereas the 6241 has a metal bezel with a black acrylic insert. The tachymeter scale on this insert is printed in white text, whereas on the 6239 the scale is engraved onto the bezel. Although this is almost all that separates the watches, the black bezel completely transforms the appearance of the watch.

The 6241 was the first Daytona reference to feature a black bezel. Collectors tend to prefer references with this bezel over their metal bezel counterparts. Some claim that it makes the watch look bigger, whilst others say that it contrasts well with the classic two colour and three colour dials. Put this together with the fact that less 6241s were produced, and it’s clear why this reference generally sells for 10-15% more than the 6239.

Although the bezel is the main feature that separates the two watches, there are other small differences. Whilst the 6239’s tachymeter scale goes from 60-300 units per hour, the 6241’s goes from 50-200. The crown on the 6241 is also slightly recessed compared with the 6239, meaning that it is now is in line with the pushers.

Around three thousand 6241s were produced in total. Most of these were stainless steel, but around four hundred 14kt yellow gold and three hundred 18kt yellow gold 6241s were produced. Since these are rarer, gold 6241s usually sell at a premium. Another point of interest is that the 6241 was the first Daytona to feature the ‘Daytona’ designation on the dial.

Specifications

In this section we outline the specifications of the Rolex Daytona 6241

General

Brand

Rolex

Model

Daytona

Reference

6241

Production Years

c. 1965-69

Functions

Time, Chronograph, Tachymeter

Number of Watches Produced (Estimate)

Total: 3000

904L Stainless steel: 2300

14kt Yellow Gold: 400

18kt Yellow Gold: 300

Lume

Tritium

Lug Width

18-19mm

Pushers

Pump Push-down

Crown

Twinlock 600

Crystal

Domed plexiglass (‘Tropic 21’)

Bezel

Bezel Description

Calibrated Metal with Black Plexiglas Insert and Tachymeter Scale Printed in White

Tachymeter

Range

50–>200 units/hour

Scale

50–>90 units/hour (5-unit intervals)

90–>160 units/hour (10-unit intervals)

160–>200 units/hour (20-unit intervals)

Dial

Dial Markers

Index

Note: sigmas (σ) flanking the ‘T SWISS T’ designation at the 6 o’clock dial position indicates the hour markers are gold

Printing

‘ROLEX COSMOGRAPH’: 12 o’clock

‘DAYTONA’ (not always present): Initially below 12 o’clock designation. Then above centre sub-dial in curved red text.

Case

Case Material

904L Stainless Steel, 14kt Yellow Gold, 18kt Yellow Gold

Case Type

Oyster (but no screw-down pushers)

Case Diameter

36-37mm

Case Thickness

13-14mm

Common Bracelets/Straps

Bracelet Material

904L Stainless Steel, 14kt Yellow Gold, 18kt Yellow Gold

Bracelet Type

Oyster

Clasp Material

904L Stainless Steel, 14kt Yellow Gold, 18kt Yellow Gold

Clasp Codes

(Indicates date of production)

Letters: A to L = 1976 to 1987; VA to VF = 1976 to 1981

Numbers (not always present) : 1 to 12 = January to December

Movements

Brand

Rolex (adapted from the base movement Valjoux 72)

Movement Type

Manual-wind

Caliber

722: c. 1965-1967

722-1: c. 1967-1969

Base

Valjoux 72

Number of Jewels

17

Frequency

18000

Power Reserve

48h

More Info on Rolex 6241’s Movements…

Over its production history, the Rolex 6240 was fitted with the same three movements as the 6239. The Valjoux 72B was used for the very earliest 6240s, but almost immediately this was replaced by the 722. This is basically the same as the 72B, with only minor changes. In fact, in Rolex’s own documentation from that time the two names are often used interchangeably.

From 1968 to 1969, this movement was replaced with the 722-1. This time, some major changes were made. All three are manual wind chronograph movements with a 48-hour power reserve, 17 jewels, and a vph (vibrations per hour) of 18000.

Celebrities

Here are some celebrities who have been spotted wearing the Rolex 6241

Ellen DeGeneres started her career as a stand-up comedian, and then went on to star in her own sitcom ‘Ellen’. She then became the host of the hit talk show ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’. DeGeneres is a keen watch collector with a penchant for the Rolex brand. She was spotted wearing a white dial Daytona 6241 with black subdials at the 2015 People’s Choice awards.

Ed Sheeran is a singer-songwriter known for hits such as ‘Thinking Out Loud’, ‘Perfect’, and ‘Shape of You’. When he attended the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show he was spotted with a black Paul Newman dial 6241. As all Paul Newman 6241s have a red outer minute track, we can be sure there is one here, even if this is too small a detail to be seen in the image. Sheeran wore the watch on a leather strap. 

Adam Levine is the lead singer of ‘Maroon 5’, one of the most successful pop rock bands of recent years. More recently, he was a judge on NBC’s TV show ‘The Voice’. He has been spotted wearing a Paul Newman Daytona, which is most likely a 6241, in a publicity photo for ‘The Voice’. The watch he wears has a white dial and black registers. If it is indeed a 6241 then there is a red outer minute track, as all known Paul Newman 6241s have three-colour dials.