“The first time I went to one, I was a teenager, and was so nervous. Seeing what is happening this year, it just feels like the right time. A segment on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow which was shot in Bonanzaville, USA (a history museum complex) located in West Fargo, North Dakota that aired this week shows an Air Force veteran’s incredible reaction after being told the value of his new old stock Rolex 6263 Paul Newman Daytona. If you've got any burning questions you want us to answer about either, let us know in the comments below. The watch was ordered in November 1974 and picked up in April 1975 $345.87 (with a 10% … Phillips says that Clea's sisters are supportive of the sale. The fact that it is being consigned directly by Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman’s daughter, Clea, makes its provenance ‘as good as it gets’ and presents a unique opportunity for collectors.”. ... Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona 6263 — Wind Vintage. Verified Dealer. He was there for a check-up and we all thought he was doing well, so I didn’t read anything into it. Alltounian has worn the watch in the decades since, and it is coming fresh to market from him directly. I thought he wanted me to look after it for him, as with every other time we came to the hospital. 335. “He was obsessed with punctuality,” she said in 2017. The watch is being consigned by Newman's daughter Clea, who received the watch from her father in 2008, shortly before his death. 6263 Daytona "Big Red" owned and worn by Paul Newman and a Heuer Monaco worn by Steve McQueen in Le Mans. Of these, the watch he owned and wore the longest is the present ‘Big Red’ Daytona ref. There's arguably no watch made more famous by its appearance in a movie, and for good reason. Let me make that clear, in case you missed it the first time: This watch isn't going to sell for anywhere near $17.75 million, and we should pull the brakes on that hype train before it leaves the station. "Without any doubt, it is this association with Newman that has led to the Rolex Daytona being regarded as possibly the world’s most sought-after wristwatch. Price on request. 6263, don’t miss our Interactive Graph of Paul Newman Daytona Auction Prices . My best guess is that the hammer will fall with the bidding in the millions (yes, plural) and that the sale will be about as exciting as a digitally broadcast auction can be. Copyright © 2009–2020, HODINKEE Inc. All Rights Reserved. This is a reference 6263 Daytona "Big Red," and it was given to Paul Newman in 1983 by his wife Joanne Woodward as a 25th-anniversary present. IT. The Phillips team has secured two extremely interesting provenance-driven lots: a Rolex ref. We went backwards and forwards maybe three times, but it didn’t occur to me exactly what was going on. “But it was his philanthropic work that was the most important thing to him. We will have plenty of coverage of these two watches for you between now and the "Racing Pulse" auction on December 12. Undeterred by the value of the original ‘Paul Newman’ Daytona that sold in 2017, she continued to wear the piece. He was always on time and never wanted other people to waste theirs,” says Clea. Since the Paul Newman Daytona sold for a record $17.75 million at Phillips in October 2017, making it the most expensive wristwatch in the world at the time, people have been speculating about if and when this watch would hit the block. Laughing, Clea says: “He would be honoured, but he would think it is kind of crazy. One of the charities closest to Newman’s heart was the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (named after the gang in 1969’s multi-award-winning Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), a 300-acre, not-for-profit, summer camp for seriously ill children, that he founded in Connecticut in 1988. “As children, my siblings and I were brought up to understand and appreciate how lucky we were. He loved that it was so accurate and several times a day he would call 555-1212 [the number for the US version of the Speaking Clock] and would stare at his watch and then slowly smile and say, ‘See, it hasn’t lost a second’. While it's the Geneva auctions that are quickly creeping up on us, today, we've got some huge news related to the December Phillips auction taking place in New York City. “These camps are really special places for kids living with serious illnesses,” says Clea. From that one camp, there is now a network of 30 around the world coming under the umbrella of SeriousFun, which today Clea is a senior director for. “Mum gave it to dad, and dad gave it to me and it represented an extension of their love and my love for them.”, When she talks about selling it, she becomes thoughtful and slightly hesitant emphasising the personal struggle she is experiencing. The good news for all collectors with a few dollars to spend is, that on 12 December 2020, Phillips New York will once again be selling a Rolex Daytona owned by Paul Newman with a pre-sale estimate of ‘in excess of $1m’. Verified Dealer. 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Find out more, The Rolex Daytona 'Big Red' was a gift from Joanne Woodward to Paul Newman on their 25th wedding anniversary in 1983, The second of Paul Newman's Rolex Daytonas to come to auction, the 'Big Red' has already created a huge buzz, leading to speculation that it will by far exceed its estimate, Referring to Newman's second career as a racing driver, the watch caseback is engraved with the message 'Drive slowly Joanne', Newman and Woodward at the Meadowlands, New Jersey for the Marlboro Grand Prix in 1988. But this watch was significant, a symbol of their love, right down to the simple message on the back: ‘Drive slowly Joanne’. It thrilled him that it was so accurate.”, This fixation on promptness is a compulsion that Clea’s sister Nell also remembers. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. “Even after James sold his for all that money, I still wore mine all the time,” she says. 6263 Paul Newman is extremely robust at the moment with values steadily on the rise. They're "unique" and have provenance in that they were all participants in this iconic moment in watch history; however, there are multiple examples, each with their own quirks. It shows what a special man he was, remembered equally for his acting and racing, as well as his love for my mother. The funny thing here is that this watch introduces a problem of nomenclature when it comes to writing about it: It's Paul Newman's Daytona but it's NOT a Paul Newman Daytona. One of Rolex’s most famous watches, the Daytona, launched in 1963, is today among the most collectible of all timepieces but to Newman his watches were working instruments. The two watches – Newman’s Rolex Daytona Ref. According to Paul Boutros, Phillips head of watches, Americas: “For so many reasons, this is one of the most important Rolex watches to ever appear on the market. Everyone knew exactly where it was, who had it, and that it had plenty of sentimental value. This has been a really hard decision for me, but if I can do something good and give back to organisations that were important to my mother and father then now is the time to do it.”. 6263 and the Heuer Monaco chronograph Steve McQueen wore during the filming of Le Mans – are making their maiden appearance on the auction block. We both loved sports and competition – anything with horse power. Both timepieces graced the wrists of two late Hollywood legends: one is Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona Ref. Interestingly, this is also the last of the six official Le Mans Monacos to come up for sale. He would look at the watches others were wearing and bet them his was more accurate… He had 555-1212 on speed-dial, and his Rolex would always win.”. I thought it would be sad but it was the most joyous time –  it is all about inclusion and resilience and everyone from the doctors and volunteers to the kids and families joins in to create a party atmosphere. Verified Dealer . “He was so proud of the watch that my mother gave to him and it was a huge part of who he was. I said, ‘Sure, I’ll hold it for you,’ but he replied, ‘No, I want you to have it’. As well as being one of the world’s greatest actors, he was an accomplished racing driver (hence the caseback inscriptions), and the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is a chronograph made for the track. Like the watch above, this one sits at the intersection of watch nerdery and pop culture, so there's an expanded audience, and I'm sure no shortage of McQueen die-hards. All of the camps are free and are loving, hopeful places with people from all walks of life all going through the same stuff. My parents said that if you have a good life, then it is important to give back. The market for Daytona ref. IT. the very first volume of the HODINKEE magazine, the Paul Newman Daytona sold for a record $17.75 million at Phillips, and it fetched $799,500 at a Hollywood memorabilia sale. The marriage was noted in Hollywood for its longevity, with Newman and Woodward remaining together for 50 years until his death in 2008 aged 83. “He took the watch off his wrist and gave it to me. The estimate for this watch is the expected but not super helpful "in excess of one million dollars." This is a reference 6263 Daytona "Big Red," and it was given to Paul Newman in 1983 by his wife Joanne Woodward as a 25th-anniversary present. But, after a lot of soul-searching, I came to terms at the beginning of this year that now is the right time to sell. It reads "TO HAIG / LE MANS 1970." Sign up for the Telegraph Luxury newsletter for your weekly dose of exquisite taste and expert opinion. “I recall him wearing it most of the time. Newman is often quoted as replying to a question on how the marriage survived temptation with the line, “why go out for hamburger when you have steak at home?”. Christie’s sold an example in May of this year for $518,398! That's similar to what Phillips said ahead of selling the Paul Newman Daytona back in 2017, but this is a very different situation. “He treasured anything that was from her and he wore it 90 per cent of the time. The caseback is engraved "Drive slowly /  Joanne" (though it's a relatively shallow engraving, making it difficult to clearly photograph, as you'll see below). The watch was a 25th wedding anniversary gift from Newman’s wife, actress Joanne Woodward, in 1983. It was complicated growing up with famous parents but, where Robert Redford or Sidney Poitier and their families could drop in at any moment, but my mother and father worked hard to keep life as normal as possible. “I am not sure how I will feel when I finally let it go but, to be honest, it’s nice to see how special the watch is to the world and to keep my parents’ love alive. The Le Mans Monacos occupy a strange and interesting place in watch lore. Please review our, You need to be a subscriber to join the conversation. If you feel like you've seen the watch before, that's because you probably have: It appeared in Matt Hranek’s 2017 book A Man And His Watch, and the photographs appeared in the very first volume of the HODINKEE magazine too. Nobody ever said watch collecting was simple. Throughout his lifetime, Paul Newman was photographed wearing a small handful of Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watches. Like I said, extremely interesting. The Telegraph values your comments but kindly requests all posts are on topic, constructive and respectful. This is an incredible watch and one with fantastic provenance, but I think it's more in line with something like the Brando GMT than the other Paul Newman watch. The 'Racing Pulse' auction by Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, will take place at Phillips New York on 12 December 2020. [Newman died later that year.]”. 6263. Sharing both his competitive streak and his sense of fearlessness with his daughter, Newman liked to time himself and others on the track with the Rolex, as well as his show-jumping youngest child. The fact that it is being consigned directly by Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman… News of these two lots broke just moments ago, but we had the exclusive opportunity to photograph the watches at the Phillips offices ahead of the announcement and also got to speak with their team of specialists to get you all the juicy details. Of the six watches used for filming, four were kept by the prop master, and two were kept by McQueen himself. Clea says that despite the million-plus families that have been helped so far by SeriousFun, there is still work to do and that is the main reason she feels comfortable selling her father's watch. 5072, A 1978 Rolex Explorer II 'Frog's Foot,' And A 1969 Square Patek Philippe Dress Watch, In-Depth Everything You Need To Know About The Rolex Explorer Ref. The last time one sold at auction was back in 2012, and we actually covered that sale, both before and after it happened. In pictures of Newman racing in the 1970s and 1980s, his watch is often visible – first the ref. I couldn’t go ahead unless I was 100 per cent sure. Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona Ref. I absolutely believe he would support my reasons for doing it. The watches, while demonstrating Woodward’s excellent taste, were also perfect gifts for Newman. 282. Auctions One Sale, Two White Gold Pateks: The 2526 And 3448 At Christie's, Vintage Watches A 1952 Audemars Piguet 'Oversized' Ref. Of these, the watch he owned and wore the longest is the present ‘Big Red’ Daytona ref. The watch itself was a well-worn model of a highly covetable ‘Paul Newman’, or exotic dial, Daytona but its phenomenal hammer price came down to one important factor: this was THE ‘Paul Newman’, the watch that was owned by the actor himself and the reason behind the ref. Rolex Daytona. 6263 and, the other, a Heuer Monaco worn by Steve McQueen in the classic 1971 racing film Le Mans. Here is a first look at each of the two watches: The watch itself is something of a known quantity, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome. James’s watch was engraved with a similar phrase: ‘Drive carefully Me’.”. Although she never paid a huge deal of attention to the watch as an accessory, Clea clearly remembers it being a functional tool and part of Newman’s everyday life. The story goes that receiving this watch is what made Newman comfortable giving the legendary Paul Newman Daytona to James Cox a year later in 1984. I remember my dad would always time me with his watch and then complain about the official timekeeping clock saying, ‘My watch is more accurate than the board’. Now the stuff of horological legend, in November 2017 a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. “As with most things with my father there was no ceremony,” says Clea. Price on request. 6263 The watch itself is something of a known quantity, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome. Newman’s first watch to go to auction caused a horological frenzy never seen before or since, but how would the man himself have felt about the clamour? Rolex Cosmograph 6263 Daytona MK2 silver dial Full Set 1972’s $ 102,264. The watch here is one of those latter two and was given by McQueen as a gift to Haig Alltounian, McQueen's mechanic and the chief mechanic on the film, and is engraved as such on the back. Furthermore, all of the Paul Newman Daytona references have … Both lots will be in the December 12 "Racing Pulse" auction, for which the catalog will come out in a week or so. On 12 December 2020, Phillips New York will sell the watch Joanne Woodward gave to Paul Newman with an estimate 'in excess of a $1m'. First thing to know, Paul Newman Daytona is a sports watch and can only have the reference number 6239, 6241, 6262, 6263, 6264 or 6265. Clea, the youngest of Newman’s six children, vividly remembers when her father gave the watch to her. I'll be interested to see if a consensus starts to form over the next few weeks or if we have to wait until December to find out where the chips will fall. And the precision of the watch is indeed something to be proud of considering the paces it was put through. In the 2015 documentary Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, Alltounian is interviewed and says that when McQueen presented him with the watch, he tried not to accept it, only to be told that he had to because it already had his name on it. “It is a particularly important object because my mother gave it to him,” she says. This time the watch is a Rolex Cosmograph ‘Big Red’ Daytona ref. “When he got the watch, I was about 16 and had just started show-jumping,” she says. When we were at the track it was the same. With that in mind, it's a bit of a surprise to see the Newman family parting with it, but they are doing so to support a number of charities founded by Paul Newman himself, including SeriousFun, Children's Network, and Safe Water Network. My father was born in 1925 and my mother in 1930 so they remembered living through some tough times. Rolex Daytona 6263 Brown Counters Sigma Dial 1975 Mint. Months after receiving it, he gifted his other Daytona to James Cox, the then boyfriend of Clea’s sister Nell, who famously sold the piece in 2017 with the Newman family’s full approval. It was 2008 and they were at the hospital where Newman was receiving treatment for lung cancer. My mother, too, brought so much to the table and it was a real treat to grow up in a family like that. US. That watch was one of the watches belonging to the prop master, Donald B. Nunely, and it fetched $799,500 at a Hollywood memorabilia sale. Being the intrepid journalist that I am, I requested the estimate range and was told that Phillips does not want to publish or announce the estimate in accordance with the wishes of the consignor. 6239, rocked the watch world when it sold at Phillips New York for US$17.8m – at the time a world record for a wristwatch (a figure that was surpassed in 2019 when a unique Patek Phillipe Grandmaster Chime sold for US$31m). Nobody feels different and that was so important to my father.”. “He turned it into a game with people. For an up-to-date view on current values of Paul Newman Daytona watches, including the ref. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. The other five have all found new homes, some publicly, some privately. Introducing The TAG Heuer Aquaracer Bamford Limited Edition, Hands-On The Rolex Submariner Date Reference 126619LB, The Innovative Patek Philippe Movement You Probably Forgot About (Or Never Even Knew), Introducing The Merci LMM-H01 Limited Edition For HODINKEE, Business News Philippe Dufour Names New Commercial Partner, And Gives Details Of 20th Anniversary Simplicity Collection. Newman can also be seen wearing it in countless photographs from the mid-'80s on (almost always with the pushers unscrewed), so you've likely seen it on his wrist before too. Price on request. Dad and I would sit in the pits and he would time the other drivers with the watch.”, Clea has worn the watch daily since her father handed it to her 12 years ago – “I used to wear it riding and even fell from a horse while wearing it,” she says, laughing. These numbers must be featured in order for the Rolex to be authenticated. 6263 – named for the bright red ‘Daytona’ that appears in an extra-large font, over the sub-dial at six o'clock – that has been consigned by Newman’s daughter, Claire ‘Clea’ Newman Soderlund. Whether you're a die-hard car lover or someone who can barely find the gas pedal, McQueen just looks awesome every time he appears on screen, and the Monaco is no small part of that. “My father was very understated and respectful of everyone. 6263. 14270, Reference Points Understanding The Rolex GMT-Master. For this lot, Phillips has the estimate listed as "estimate upon request." It is really wonderful to be appreciated in that way. That's a roundabout way of me saying that I don't have an estimate for this, but I'd have to think it's got a very good shot at clearing the one-million-dollar mark and a chance to climb even higher than that. It was only much later that I realised the true meaning. A significant proportion of the proceeds from the sale of the Big Red will go to SeriousFun (as well as Safe Water Network, another cause important to Newman, and other charities). The other watch announced today is one of the six Heuer Monaco watches used for the filming of the 1971 classic Le Mans. “Just like my father, my mother wasn’t big on pomp and ceremony. 6239 and later the Big Red, but Clea insists that this is not posing, rather he was genuinely using it to time the competition. This makes it a little hard to fully suss out the value of each, especially relative to one another, but it does make for a really interesting auction build-up. 6239’s ultimate claim to ‘cool’. That was their number-one priority and we all felt it, which was a gift.”. Their relationship was so special and this is a nice way to celebrate it.”.