Auction house Phillips will put one of the most coveted watches under the hammer on October 26. The watch? A stainless steel Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona owned by none other than the actor himself.
Newman’s own Ref 6239 is inscribed with “Drive Carefully Me” and dons a white dial, three black sub-dials and a red outer track. He received the watch as a gift from his actress wife Joanne Woodward in 1968. Frequently worn by Newman in the ‘70s and ‘80s, he gifted the watch to James Cox, who once dated Newman’s daughter Nell, after he had helped to rebuild a family treehouse in 1984, according to the Hollywood Reporter. A portion of the auction proceeds will go to the Nell Newman Foundation.
A “Paul Newman” Daytona refers to a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Oyster with the reference numbers 6239, 6241, 6262, 6263, 6264 or 6265. Other distinctive features are its “panda” dials, Art Deco-style numerals and markers that end with square boxes akin to hammers.
Stainless steel Rolex sports models are favoured by watch collectors. Earlier this year, Phillips parted with a gold “Paul Newman” Daytona (not owned by Newman himself) for US$3.72 million (RM15.9 million)—the most expensive Daytona ever sold publicly—edging out a stainless steel model sold last year for US$2 million.