Hands-On: So, What's The Deal With The Rolex Daytona 6240 Solo?

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The advancement of the Rolex Daytona, something much talked about here on HODINKEE and, indeed, essentially wherever else now, is one of numerous secrets. One secret to which I have given some consideration to is that of the purported “Solo” dials. These watches are Daytonas with dials that have yet single word on them – “Rolex.” Not “Cosmograph,” nor “Clam,” nor “Daytona.” They are interested watches, and on the off chance that you consider that a large part of the dial printing was done in advances, in a manner of speaking, they do bode well. Be that as it may, where did they come from, and on which watches do they have a place? I’ll analyze that somewhat here, civility of a reference 6240 that advanced across my work area last week.

Initial, One Must Understand Daytona Dial Evolution

If you’ve perused our Reference Points on the Paul Newman Daytona , you will comprehend that dial printing for the Daytona was a sluggish, developmental interaction. They started one way, at that point, when the name “Daytona” was appointed, created from that point. At that point, when the “Shellfish” case was given to Rolex’s image name chronograph, they developed once more. Also, this all occurred inside a couple of years, so by and large, you may see a dial that was brought into the world one way, with a solitary word being added later –, for example, those found in the staggeringly early Oyster Paul Newmans called the “RCO” or “Shellfish Sottos.” These terms, obviously, demonstrate “Clam” is added underneath the words “Rolex Cosmograph” as something of an afterthought. 

The “RCO” Daytona Is The Ultimate Example Of Daytona Dial Evolution

The universe of Daytonas is loaded up with “missing-interface” dials – those that include a few attributes of a specific acknowledged dial type and others from another – and they probably could be right. There are twofold Swiss dials, twofold Swiss underline dials, and twofold T-Swiss-T dials, all inside a little scope of chronic numbers, for example. 

Serial No. 923xxx Featuring Double Swiss & Underline (Courtesy of Sheartime.com)

Serial No.1,04x,xxx Featuring No Undline and “T-Swiss-T” (Courtesy of ShearTime)

Now there are a few distinct references of vintage Daytonas, from the exceptionally common 6239 and 6263 to the only occasionally seen 6264 and 6240, yet it is this reference – the 6240 – that I accept to be the most interesting. 

So What's Up With The 6240?

I actually think the mid 6239 Double Swiss watches are effectively the most interesting sub-set of Daytonas out there ( read my story on them from a long time ago when here ) – back when they were as yet called the LeMans and the idea around which this family would be fabricated was a long way from fleshed out. However, as an individual reference, the 6240 is captivating. This is the watch that set up for the Daytona as far as we might be concerned today – with screw down pushers and a dark bezel. It was the absolute first “Shellfish” Daytona, which is more than significant, as waterproofness is a quality that addresses all that Rolex represents ( read my Inside Rolex story in the event that you need more on that ). You see 6240s with chronic numbers from 1.2 m to 1.6 m with a wide range of dials – those most commonly seen are those without the words “Clam” or “Daytona” on them, and with “T-Swiss-T” at 6 o’clock. Here are two of the most commonly acknowledged dial types:

6240 “Enormous Daytona” (Courtsey of RingofColor.com)

6240 “Little Daytona” (Courtsey of RingofColor.com)

Some advancement of the dials you see above – civility of an extraordinary post on the 6240 on Hiroshi Fujiwara’s RingOfColor.com – is that of the 6240 RCO, of which there are under 10 known and when they come available to be purchased, they do well . We do see some 6240s with “ROC” dials, both with T-Swiss-T at the base, or sigma signature , however I would place these into a marginally less acknowledged classification. Also, on the off chance that you need a pure 6240, I’d say one of the two dials seen above is the best approach. Once more, I am not saying a 6240 with a ROC style dial is off base, I simply think the non-Oyster dials bode well in these early screw-down watches.

A 6240 “RCO” Sold For 281,000 CHF At Phillips, May 2016

Now all full-spec 6240s ought to have the MK1 bezel and MK0 metal pushers seen underneath – however the vast larger part of 6240s have lost either. As far as I might be concerned, similar to I said with the mid 6239’s, there is no reason for purchasing a 6240 except if it includes the attributes that characterize it – so without the MK0 pushers, I would by and by have little interest in a 6240. 

OK, So About The Solo Dials?

The reference 6240 highlighting an uncommon “Solo” dial.

I would dare to say that dial rightness for the 6240 is probably as dim a territory as one might actually envision, even in the frequently dark universe of vintage Rolex gathering – which carries us to the current watch; the 6240 “Solo.”

We’ve seen so far that dials can be brought into the world with and without various lines of text, specifically in the mid 1960s Daytonas. The most insignificant of all Daytona dials is the thing that you see here – the alleged “Solo” dial. All you have on these dials is “Rolex.” Nothing else. The story goes – and the expression “story” is utilized here in the strict sense on the grounds that, similarly as with any old Rolex, the firm will neither affirm nor deny the sources of these dials – that the most punctual 6240s might have been brought into the world with these dials. The market presently acknowledges seeing these Solo dials on 6240s with chronic numbers in the 1.2 to 1.4 territory. They’ve been springing up every once in a while for a couple of years, however barely any truly focused on them.

This 6240 Solo sold in May of 2015 for 245,000 CHF at Phillips

The idea of the 6240 Solo was solidified by the fruitful offer of one model in the May 2015 Phillips Geneva Watch Auction One deal at a cost of 245,000 CHF . From that point forward, it appears as though the market chased these watches, and we saw a greater amount of them surface, at closeout and somewhere else. Truth be told, at the hour of distributing, there is one accessible on Chrono24.com , and the one highlighted here in our unique photos is additionally accessible. Here is a photograph from East Crown , the proprietor of this watch, showing four instances of 6240 Solos, however three are held privately.

But does the 6240 Solo bode well? To some it does, to others it doesn’t. There is a conviction among a small bunch of very much respected sellers and tastemakers that the performance dials were administration dials for 6238s – that is not really something I myself accept – for what reason would a monochrome dial with a tacyhmeter scale imprinted on it be traded for a two-shaded dial without a tachymeter by Rolex? Simply doesn’t make sense.

The 6239 was doubtlessly a, if not THE, first home of the solo dial.

What I do accept, notwithstanding, is that these dials were initially utilized in 6239s. All things considered, here I more than trust it – I know it, on the grounds that there is a real Rolex commercial showing this. Indeed, the picture above, politeness of Mr. Goldberger, shows the notice with a Solo Daytona up front, accessible for just $210, and that included Federal duty, alongside the real watch portrayed. Phillips sold a mid 6239 Solo dial in Hong Kong absent a lot of fan charge (however it had substitution hands and bezel). UPDATE: Due to some genuine sleuthing from Jose Pereztroika, it has come to our consideration that the watch sold by Phillips in HK of 2016 highlighted a dial that has been modified. You may peruse the subtleties of this here.

This mid 6239 Solo was sold by Phillips for under $100,000 – likely on the grounds that the watch had been doctored by somebody since a previous deal at Antiquorum. Be cautious out there.

Now siphon pusher watches with extraordinary dials simply aren’t just about as attractive as Oyster Daytonas with exceptional dials – the Paul Newman instructed us that. So it is entirely conceivable that sellers, incidentally, found out about taking these performance dials and dropping them into 6240 cases. Indeed, even I concede, a 6240 Solo is route hotter than a 6239 Solo. Presently don’t misunderstand me, I am not saying a 6240 Solo might not have at any point been brought into the world that way – it sounds good to me. We need to recall how Rolex functioned in those days, and how direct, yet unregulated their creation and get together was. In the event that a dial like this was accessible during gathering and a watchmaker required a dial, he effectively might have placed one into a 6240 preceding transportation it out. We basically know nothing without a doubt, so it comes down to what exactly reason advises us, and the story behind every individual watch. I have, supposedly, never knew about a unique proprietor 6240 Solo watch (in the event that you have, and can back that story up, leave a comment underneath, please). I have known about 6263 RCO and 6240 RCO (non-PN) unique proprietor watches, however, so we in any event know; and in like manner I’ve known about a 6239 Solo unique proprietor watch being found. Once more, I don’t utter a word of this to provide reason to feel ambiguous about the 6240 – indeed I should concede I discover these watches interminably fascinating and enchanting. I’m simply introducing current speculation on an extraordinary watch – one that sells for above $100,000 – that we are seeing a greater amount of in the market place. 

The 6240, as I said initially, is actually an intriguing watch, and apparently perhaps the main references in Rolex’s set of experiences. What’s more, this little subset of the 6240s in the market is definitely not a dominant part – rather a nuanced, tiny corner of the vintage Daytona world that I end up finding intriguing. I completely hope to get familiar with 6240 Solos over the long haul and more individuals become mindful of them, and when I do, I will surely keep this page refreshed. So my inquiry is presently, as far as you might be concerned, understanding what you think now about the 6240 Solo, would you get one over, say, a Paul Newman? It’s a seriously fascinating decision, as I would see it, and absolutely a more downplayed one, yet until we realize front sure they were brought into the world along these lines, is it an over the top danger? I truly don’t have the foggiest idea, however I couldn’t imagine anything better than to hear from you underneath on your opinion on this watch. 

I need to express gratitude toward K of EastCrown for permitting me to photo his 6240 Solo in anticipation of this story. You can discover more from them here .