Every so often we like to look around the watch auctions and on Ebay to discover some of the rarest and most lusted after watches on the market.
You are looking at what is known as a grail watch, one of the most sought after watches on the planet, the Paul Newman Daytona.
There are watches out there that are far rarer, far more intricate, and much more expensive, but for cachet and desirability, an original Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, otherwise known as a Paul Newman Daytona, is as highly prized as a watch can be.
The Rolex Daytona Paul Newman
We found this Paul Newman Rolex Daytona on Ebay and is an original Paul Newman edition Rolex Daytona dating to 1970.
Although Rolex continues to manufacture a version of the ‘Daytona’, the rarest versions of the Rolex Daytona are the first versions, those whose reference number contains four digits. For example the 6238, 6239, 6240, 6241, 6262, 6263 6264 and 6265 References, produced from 1961 to 1987.
The 6238, 6239, 6241 and 6262 References were the first versions, and were not “Oyster” versions, they did not have a screw down winding crown or screw down timing buttons.
The 6263, 6264 and 6265 References produced beginning in 1970, were Oyster versions with screw down crown and screw down timing buttons. So this particular model is one of the earliest of the Rolex Daytona Paul Newman watches to be produced as an Oyster version – and it’s in red which gives it an extra edge in the cool and unusual stakes, although as you can see from the picture, Paul Newman actually wore a stainless steel white faced Daytona on a fatstrap.
Identifying a Rolex Daytona Paul Newman
- A genuine Paul Newman Daytona has to have the correct reference number. 6263 is the correct reference for the Paul Newman Daytona.
- The sub dials of a Paul Newman Daytona have block markers instead of lines
- The subdials feature crosshairs across each sub-dial meeting at the centre
- The minutes sub-dial placed at 9:00 should be marked at 15, 30, 45 and 60
- The dial may or may not have the word ‘Daytona’ written above the 6:00 sub dial
- Only 4 colour/layout combos for Ref nos 6239, 6241, 6262, 6263, 6264 or 6265
- The watch has been out of production since the early 1970s
The supreme irony is that the Rolex Daytona line was not selling at all well until Paul Newman’s wife, actress Joanne Woodward gave him the Daytona in 1972 when, at the peak of his fame, he took up motor racing. So in that respect, this watch pre-dates Paul Newman’s ownership of the model. He is said to have worn the watch until his death in 2008.
The watch is being sold by thedinacollection, who describe themselves as the jewellers to the stars as they are based in the heart of Beverly Hills.
Bidding starts at $300,000 and at the time of writing there are 8 days and 3 hours to go before the end of the auction. Good luck!