Take A Look At: Rolex Paul Newman Daytona ref. 6263

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In lieu of the recent event that happened in an antique auction that happened in North Dakota a week ago, let’s talk about the Paul Newman Daytona.

Watch I.D.

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Paul Newman Daytona ref. 6263

Model: ‘Paul Newman’ Daytona
References: 6263
Diameter: 37.5 mm
Calibre: Valjoux 727
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Winding: manual
Retail Price: (Estimated) $500,000 – $700,000.

A Gentleman’s Take

To be honest, I’d be pretty shocked as well if something I bought from let’s say 10 years ago is now worth over half a million. However, I am more surprised at the fact that the original price for a 6263 is priced at $345? It is still quite a fortune back then but comparing this to almost $700,000, $345 is nothing.

Back in 2017, when watch enthusiasts heard that Paul Newman’s Paul Newman Daytona (ref. 6239) is hitting the auction block it sent shockwaves through the system. But what is so special about it?

Paul Newman Daytona
Difference between conventional Daytonas and Paul Newman Daytonas (Wikipedia)

Well, other than the fact the actor/racer himself wears one all the time, another thing that made this specific model of Daytona into such a coveted piece resides in the dial. We know that normal Daytona dial looks like, well, every chronograph. However, Paul Newman dial’s subdials have a completely distinctive design to it and that is one of the selling points of a Paul Newman Daytona. Such simple alterations like the subdials and the black peripheral are enough to make watch fans go crazy.

One more thing, on the 6263, let alone the aforementioned traits, there is the word ‘oyster’ on it. The ‘oyster’ dial is what manufacturers refer to as the Mark II dial, it was only produced in a very short period of time. Who would have thought a word on a watch can double the value of it?

Nevertheless, with or without the word ‘oyster’ on it, such a rare Daytona has always been a watch collectors’ (e.g. John Mayer, an avid Daytona collector) favorite. What do you think?


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