At Grand Caliber we have a rare perspective that comes from handling some of the most sought-after watches in the world. Among these watches, is the infamous “Paul Newman” Rolex Daytona. The watch is so named for actor Paul Newman’s notable appearance with the watch in the 1969 film, “Winning.”
The "exotic" dial and Art Deco-style numerals were not well received in the 1960s and 1970s which resulted in low production numbers. This rarity, combined with the fact that famous actor and race car driver Paul Newman wore his watch every day, has only heightened the Daytona legend.
You may recall an incredibly well-circulated clip from an episode of Antiques Roadshow where a United States Air Force veteran displays the watch he acquired as a servicemember. The gentleman purchased one of the infamous watches while stationed in Thailand, then just a mere $345.97 after receiving a 10% discount. In its unworn condition, the appraiser expects it will go at auction for between $500,000 and $700,000. You can watch that clip here.
The distinct details of a Paul Newman Daytona may be so understated that it is easy for the untrained eye to miss them. First, a Paul Newman must have the reference numbers 6239, 6241, 6262, 6263, 6264 or 6265. Furthermore, all the Paul Newman Daytona references have domed crystals made of acrylic. Sub-dials include block markers rather than lines and each sub-dial center has crosshairs placed on it. We recommend you consider the original condition of the Paul Newman Daytona when purchasing one. There are many watches with fake Paul Newman dials, as well as convincing replicas. You will regularly find standard Daytona models that someone later fitted with a panda or exotic dial. To be sure, these look like the Paul Newmans, but they are not.
If you are considering purchasing a Paul Newman Daytona and you would like to speak with a Grand Caliber sales representative, our team would be only happy to assist.