Reading together, in an article on watches, two names as evocative and important as Rolex Daytona and Paul Newman immediately provokes a powerful emotional shock. When this happens, it means that we are facing a very special event. We go beyond luxury and are amazed because a very rare watch has just been put on sale, of which only 25 have been made. His name? Rolex Daytona “Oyster Under” Paul Newman.
The news, just announced, comes from the most prestigious seller of spare parts for vintage watches: Eric Wind. It is his company, Wind Vintage, that manages the sale of this Rolex Daytona “Oyster Sotto” Paul Newman, whose price remains a mystery and is revealed, on request, only to potential buyers. However, to get a rough idea of how much it can cost, it should be remembered that two years ago Philips auctioned an identical model for the not inconsiderable sum of 1,545,840 euros.
This iconic piece was produced in 1969 under serial number 2.085, has a hand-wound movement, caliber 727 manufactured by Valjoux, and features a 37.5mm diameter bezel with a 36.1mm case. The Rolex Daytona is a model born in the 1960s as a sports watch with stopwatches, but has been overshadowed by the popularity of the Submariner model. However, as soon as Paul Newman started wearing one he became a legend that remains alive today.
The prestige of the Rolex brand is growing over time. There is talk of flawless watches with a very special aura that makes them particularly attractive when buying and selling historical pieces. Judging from how business has gone even in this last delicate period, the phenomenon is on the rise. We will continue to hear about record sales because it is a safe investment.