06 Dec '17, 9am

How Paul Newman’s $17.8m Rolex is transforming the watch market https://t.co/OD9EGZaiaw

How Paul Newman’s $17.8m Rolex is transforming the watch market https://t.co/OD9EGZaiaw

It is not so often that a timepiece makes news around the world, but the late Hollywood star Paul Newman’s old Rolex Cosmograph Daytona certainly did at Phillips New York on 26 October — when it fetched a remarkable $17.8 million to become the world’s most expensive wristwatch. This was the watch that led to Cosmograph Reference 6239s fitted with the same dial design as ‘Newman’s own’ developing a cult following among collectors and being nicknamed ‘Paul Newmans’. Newman was given the watch by his wife, Joanne Woodward, in 1972. Three years earlier the couple had appeared together in the motor racing film Winning , which inspired Newman to become an amateur racing driver — and led to the gift of the watch with the words ‘Drive Safely Me’ engraved on the watch-case’s back. In 1984, Newman — who died in 2008 — gave it to 13-year-old James Cox, a friend of his daughter Nell, ...

Full article: https://life.spectator.co.uk/2017/11/paul-newmans-17-8m-r...

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