Vintage & Auctions

The actual Paul Newman Daytona, FOUND!

For years, collectors and watch aficionados have been entranced by the Rolex Daytona reference 6239, aka the Paul Newman Daytona. While this reference isn’t necessarily rare (some put production numbers around 15,000), the watch has been sought after year-over-year and thus valuations have gone through the roof. Recently, one went for well over 1 million CHF at auction.

By Josh Shanks

Paul Newman’s Paul Newman

Inevitably, whenever the Paul Newman Daytona is discussed, many wonder what ever happened to the actual watch that adorned Paul Newman’s wrist in the 70s and 80s. The watch was famously rumored to be a gift to Paul from his wife Joanne Woodward. Some speculated the watch was lost, or it was simply being held on to be a studious collector or family member. 

Thanks to Aurel Bacs of Bacs & Russo / Phillips Watches the wait is over. The watch has been unearthed by Aurel and team. This morning, The Wall Street Journal published the fascinating tale of the discovery.

The watch will be coming up for auction October 26th at Phillips Watches New York sale. It will undoubtedly go down as the most expensive Rolex ever sold at auction. Perhaps even the most expensive watch ever sold at auction. We’re guessing a hammer price of 8-10 million dollars.

(Photos by Henry Leutwyler for Wall Street Journal)


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