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Rolex Paul Newman Cosmograph "Tropical"

July 21, 2010

Tropical Paul NewmanWhen I initially began to collect watches in 1988 I had a strong interest in Rolex sports models which includes Submariners, GMTs, Explorers and Daytona's. In the beginning of this market in the late 1980s collectors desired perfect dials with unchanged color. However, over 20 years later the color taste of the dial has changed, and collectors pay a large premium for a dial that faded from black to chocolate. In the collector's world these dials are known as tropical dials and collectors will pay 30 to 40% more for these watches based upon the look.

A desirable tropical dial is quite rare to find especially when the dial fades in even manners. Many dials fade in uneven manner and sometimes are not too attractive because half the dial is black and the other half is brown.

Today I am featuring a Rolex Paul Newman Daytona reference 6239 with a crème dial with tropical registers. I have seen many tropical dials on normal Daytona's but on the Paul Newman model this is extremely rare, and I have only seen two others over the past 20 years. The register on this Rolex Paul Newman started out as black color but have now turned to a beautiful chocolate color. This watch is psychedelic.

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