Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona watch simply offered for report $17.75 million

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An iconic Rolex motorsports wristwatch made well-known by showing on the wrist of Paul Newman within the 1969 auto-racing movie “Successful” and in numerous subsequent pictures of the Hollywood star and race automobile driver has offered at a Phillips public sale in New York for a whopping $17,752,500. It offered after 12 minutes of bidding to a purchaser on the cellphone, setting a brand new report for the best worth ever fetched for a wristwatch.

The 37-millimeter, stainless-steel Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, reference No. 6239, contains a crocodile “Bund-style” strap with an off-white dial and tachymeter bezel. It dates from 1968 and was fitted with an “unique” dial design and inscribed with the phrase “Drive Fastidiously Me.” The watch was a present from Newman’s spouse, Joanne Woodward, as his ardour for motorsports was rising, and the inscription might stem from Newman’s harm in a bike accident in 1965. The public sale sale additionally included the unique copy of a provenance attestation letter signed by (Elinor) Nell Newman, the actor’s daughter, and a framed of a treehouse on Newman and Woodward’s “Nook Home” property in Westport, Conn., which elements into the story of how the timepiece arrived at public sale.


“Successful,” set on the Indianapolis 500 Motor Speedway, starred Paul Newman within the position of struggling race automobile driver Frank Capua, with Woodward enjoying divorcee-turned Capua’s spouse, Elora. The movie, and the race coaching he underwent to organize for the position, ignited a ardour for auto racing for Newman, who would start a second profession three years later and at age 46 as a race automobile driver. Newman would go on to win 4 nationwide championships within the Sports activities Automotive Membership of America circuit, end second within the 1979 24 Hour of Le Mans, and win his age class at 70 within the 1995 24 Hours of Daytona. He additionally fashioned the Newman Freeman Racing staff with Invoice Freeman and, later, the Newman/Haas Racing staff with Carl Haas.

The Daytona would turn into Newman’s devoted companion, utilizing it as a real device look ahead to timing his racing actions,” the Phillips writeup says. “So proud and assured he was of its accuracy, he would place bets with associates that his Daytona was extra correct than theirs. After calling Central Time, a cellphone service offering precise time, Newman would accumulate his winnings. He beloved his Rolex and beloved being on time.”

The watch seemingly went lacking in 1984 after Newman obtained a brand new Cosmograph Daytona from his spouse. In actual fact, Newman had merely given the watch to James Cox, the younger man who was courting his daughter, Elinor “Nell” Newman. In her attestation be aware, Nell Newman explains that Cox was serving to to rebuild the treehouse on the Nook Home when Newman gave him the watch, saying, “If you happen to can bear in mind to wind this every day, it tells fairly good time.” Cox reportedly plans to donate a good portion of the proceeds to the Nell Newman Basis, which is continuous her father’s legacy of philanthropy.

So, open query to our readers: What do you suppose the chances are that the client of this $17.75 million wristwatch really, , wears the factor?

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