Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona and 5 Other Highlight Watches from Phillips’ October Auction

Many watch collectors consider the so-called Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona their Holy Grail timepiece. In October, one fortunate (and, inevitably, wealthy) collector can become the owner of Paul Newman’s “Paul Newman.” The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 6239 once owned by the actor who gave the model its enduring nickname will be the top lot at “Winning Icons: Legendary Watches of the 20th Century,” an auction of 50 rare, collectible watches held in New York by Phillips in Association with Bacs and Russo. Read on for more about the granddaddy of all Paul Newman Rolexes, as well as five other notable timepieces on the block.

The Rolex Replica “Paul Newman” Daytona owned and worn by Paul Newman is far and away the most historically significant piece at Phillips’ inaugural New York auction, to be held on October 26 at the auction house’s New York saleroom. The watch is being auctioned for the first time ever, and is expected to fetch in excess of $1 million. Rolex nicknamed its Cosmograph chronograph watch “Daytona” in 1962, the same year that the brand became the official timekeeper of the prestigious Daytona 500 auto race. This timepiece was conceived expressly for racecar drivers, which explains why the tachymeter scale on the bezel is significantly larger than its counterparts on most other watches. Paul Newman, as many of his fans know, wasn’t just an actor but also a very successful racecar driver, who even had his own racing team in his heyday, and wore his own Daytona (Ref. 6239) while racing. In the 1980s, collectors gave the nickname “Paul Newman” to this style of Daytona, which can be recognized chiefly by the contrastingly colored seconds scale along the dial’s periphery.

The 49 other significant timepieces in the auction, all made before the turn of the 20th Century, represent an extraordinary catalog of watch manufacturers, including Patek Philippe and Rolex, as well as A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Cartier, Omega, and Vacheron Constantin, and important independent watchmakers such as Philippe Dufour. Here are five highlights.

Replica Tag Heuer Ref. 1518 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph (Estimate: $600,000 – $1,200,000)

Patek Philippe only made 281 pieces of this reference, the world’s first perpetual calendar chronograph produced in series. The vast majority are in yellow gold, along with just a rare few in rose gold, and only four known examples in stainless steel. This previously unknown watch, made circa 1951 — which comes fresh to the market from a descendant of the original owner — is one of those exceedingly rare rose-gold pieces.

Rolex Ref. 8171 “Luminous Padellone” (Estimate: $400,000 – $800,000)

Another example of a “grail” watch for many collectors, this Rolex Submariner Reference 6200 was made in 1954 and features the rare and desirable “Explorer” 3-6-9 dial that marks it as a first-generation model, lacking both the Submariner signature and depth rating. This historic, stainless steel divers’ watch is fresh to the auction market and one of the very few examples of this reference to ever appear at auction.

Highlight pieces from the “Winning Icons” auction — including the headlining Paul Newman Daytona — will be on exhibition in Taipei (24 – 28 September), Hong Kong (30 September to 2 October), London (4 – 7 October), Seattle (10 October), Los Angeles (12-14 October), and New York (20-26 October).

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His Monaco sold €645 000 to a collector Rolex Replica watch

Steve McQueen was a passion for fast cars, races and Rolex Replica watches. Symbol of human virile and fragile at the same time, his style went through the time, intact.
Photos of the actor with the wrist watch brands and models of insiders never fail, helping write the legend of these exceptional pieces. Thus, in 1969, Heuer innovates and upsets the watchmaking tradition by creating the Monaco. A few months after its release, Steve McQueen must begin the filming of the film Le Mans in which he will drive a Porsche 917. To get into the skin of his character, the actor decides to refer to Jo Siffert, Swiss formula 1 driver and Ambassador for Heuer Watches. Props will give him the complete outfit for the driver, not to mention a Heuer watch…, the Monaco. Provocative with its red second hand and his blue dial, she brings two major innovations: the sealing of a square Rolex Replica watch and the presence of the Chronomatic Calibre 11, first automatic chronograph with micro-rotor movement.
His Monaco sold €645 000 to a collector watch
Everything that relates to McQueen is by definition “super cool”. The actor has cleared this invisible line beyond which women are in love with him and men want to be like him. Then, inevitably, deciding to wear a Heuer Monaco watch transcends her status as an accessory and rises to the rank of iconic object. The priceless Duet between provenance and history formed by Steve McQueen and his watch cartons in the auction to a collector has already disbursed €645 000 to acquire the model worn during the scenes in the film Le Mans race. This Heuer Monaco on the wrist of Steve McQueen is an eternal model of masculine elegance. And yet, the actor heart beat for another watch: a Rolex Submariner.
The actor actually almost never left his Rolex. He the wore in all circumstances, both during its racing when he was working without any commercial imperative. Which the had offered him? When and how had it he bought? The sentimental value of a watch doesn’t have a price, nothing could replace it. Imagine that the Submariner’s Steve McQueen should have a very strong in his eyes meaning, since even on the filming of the movie Le Mans, he handed his 5512 between takes. Cousin of the reference 5513, its Sub (undated) enjoyed a COSC chronometer certification and was accompanied by a steel riveted Oyster bracelet.