Auction of the ‘Paul Newman’ Rolex Daytona

“An original Paul Newman Daytona is not a watch that you see every day. For collectors and watch enthusiasts it is the Holy Grail and is a watch that epitomises cool and class. It really is a fantastic timepiece”.

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Published by 572 on July 12th, 2011 at 12:45 p.m..
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On Monday 18th July 2011 Fellows Auctioneers will be holding one of the UK’s largest auctions of vintage and modern wrist watches this year, auctioning off over 600 wrist watches, including specialist pieces from Rolex, Omega, Cartier and Patek Philippe.

There is however, one exceptional lot, a 1969 Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, the ‘Paul Newman Daytona’ estimated at £30,000 – £40,000. Described as ‘the vintage sports watch to own’, this 1969 Paul Newman Daytona is one of the original early models and has the unique and highly sought after black and cream exotic dial.

Paul Newman’s affiliation with the Rolex Daytona began with his appearance in the 1969 Indy Car film Winning in which he appeared to wear the model. Although Newman himself does not recall wearing this specific Daytona in the motion picture, his 1973 appearance on the front cover of Italian magazine Moda, wearing what again appeared to be a Rolex Daytona, only went further in cementing his association with the model.

Indeed, Paul Newman himself identifies that his appearance in Moda magazine may have been the catalyst for his lifetime association with the Daytona Model. With Newman’s racing career began in 1972 he made his first real public connection with the Rolex Daytona when his wife Joanne Woodward bought him a Rolex Daytona with the inscription ‘Drive Slowly, Joanne’ on its case.

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