Paul Newman was an American actor, IndyCar driver and philanthropist who was rather fond of Rolex Daytona watches. Newman’s name became linked with the Daytona Rolex after his wife gave him one when he started auto racing in the 1970s. She famously and sweetly inscribed “Drive Carefully, Me” on the back.
It is fair to say any of Paul Newman’s personal Rolex Daytonas are among the most valuable and iconic vintage watches out there. Within the already rare category of vintage Rolexes, the Paul Newman Daytona is one of the most sought-after models. These watches routinely go for more than $1 million (AUD).
A rare Paul Newman Rolex Daytona is due to be sold publicly at the Phillips inaugural watch auction taking place in October in New York. This watch is expected to fetch more than $1.3 million (AUD) at the Winning Icons-Legendary Watches of the 20th Century auction. This particular Rolex Cosmograph Paul Newman Daytona carries the serial number 6239. It was owned and worn by Paul Newman and is in excellent shape. The star was photographed in this particular watch many times in magazines and books. It has been referred to as “The Legend”.
The Paul Newman Daytona features an exotic dial that unique from most standard dials seen on Daytonas. The unusual dial features a beautiful, art-deco inspired font and the hash marks have small squares for the counters. The chronograph features a tachymeter scale that is engraved on the bezel. This instantly and accurately measures speed.
The watch is being sold by the current owner, who was given the watch when he was dating Paul Newman’s daughter, Nell. Part of the proceeds from this watch will go to the Nell Newman Foundation to support charitable causes.