Why Paul Newman’s Daytona Rolex Could Be The Watch of a Century
It’s hard to understand how just one man could make such a difference to the value of a watch, but that’s exactly what happened when Paul Newman’s Daytona sold at auction for $17.8m in 2013. We might be more accustomed to seeing watches fetch huge figures at auction than ever before, but this one watch has come to represent all that is good about Hollywood and longevity.
Newman was the exception to the rule of ‘you can’t have it all’; he was Hollywood’s golden boy, he cherished his wife, made classic films that have stood the test of time and was a proactive humanitarian and fundraiser. That sort of sparkle can rub off on a watch.
Daytona, Newman and Rolex
As experienced jewellers and pawnbrokers in central London, Suttons and Robertsons are always keen to see the partnerships that Rolex creates with celebrities, but none match the brilliance and authenticity of the Newman/Rolex relationship.
Not only an actor, Newman was a bona fide racing fan, with his love of the sport sparked by his starring role in 1969 film, ‘Winning’. It’s unsurprising that, soon after, Newman was frequently spotted wearing a Rolex Daytona, the very watch which was named after the world-famous Daytona Speedway in Florida.
Rolex on a Roll?
Actually, no. The Rolex Cosmograph, which was first produced in 1962, had been a slow seller for the brand. It had been sold with a hefty discount as there were so few of them in circulation and were known for their ‘exotic’ dials. Everything changed when Newman featured in an Italian magazine article, wearing a Daytona 6239 with the ‘exotic’ white dial that had failed to capture hearts and minds.
Paul Newman Rolex
While Newman was an established Rolex fan, wearing several Cosmographs – including steel and white gold versions of the Zenith movement Daytona – it is the References: 6239, 6241, 6262, 6263 6264 and 6265 that he is most famous for, with those with the exotic dial named the ‘Paul Newman’.
What Makes a Paul Newman Rolex Special?
The exotic dial featured on the ‘Paul Newman’ models can be spotted for their contrasting black sub-dials against a white background or vice versa. With an outer track in the same colour as the three sub-dials, each has hash marks with small square ends.
The Paul Newman Factor
There’s no understanding of what the original Newman Daytona could fetch when it next goes to auction. This watch’s legend seems to grow and grow. Worth around $210 at the time of purchase and given, by Newman, to his daughter’s then-college boyfriend in 1984, it will be fascinating to see what will happen next.
Releasing The Value in Your Rolex
If you want to borrow against your Rolex, then Suttons and Robertsons can offer you and expert valuation of your asset. Luxury pawnbrokers since 1770 and London Rolex watch pawnbrokers, we offer competitive rates and a premium service – we can also arrange larger funds up to £2 million with transfers, usually within 24 hours. If you have a Rolex that you would like valued, please call us today.