Laughing, Clea says: “He would be honoured, but he would think it is kind of crazy. Nobody ever said watch collecting was simple. Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona Ref. 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. Rolex Daytona 6263 Brown Counters Sigma Dial 1975 Mint. “He treasured anything that was from her and he wore it 90 per cent of the time. 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'. 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.”. 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? The Big Red can be seen peeking out from Newman's racing suit, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward with Clea as a baby, Newman in his element at the original Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Clea Newman Soderlund wearing her father's Rolex 'Big Red' Daytona, Initial necklaces and star sign rings: the best personalised jewellery for Christmas, 12 of the best luxury travel deals to book this weekend, The most indulgent dining experiences to book before restaurants reopen, The most extravagant advent calendars of 2020, The best luxury Christmas decorations for home festivities, How Rishi Sunak became a front bench style leader. 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. 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). Clea, the youngest of Newman’s six children, vividly remembers when her father gave the watch to her. The Telegraph values your comments but kindly requests all posts are on topic, constructive and respectful. 6263 and the Heuer Monaco chronograph Steve McQueen wore during the filming of Le Mans – are making their maiden appearance on the auction block. This time the watch is a Rolex Cosmograph ‘Big Red’ Daytona ref. 6263. 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?”. When we were at the track it was the same. 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). 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. My parents said that if you have a good life, then it is important to give back. Like I said, extremely interesting. 335. The other watch announced today is one of the six Heuer Monaco watches used for the filming of the 1971 classic Le Mans. He was there for a check-up and we all thought he was doing well, so I didn’t read anything into it. It shows what a special man he was, remembered equally for his acting and racing, as well as his love for my mother. “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. We both loved sports and competition – anything with horse power. If you've got any burning questions you want us to answer about either, let us know in the comments below. The watch was a 25th wedding anniversary gift from Newman’s wife, actress Joanne Woodward, in 1983. 6263 The watch itself is something of a known quantity, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome. It thrilled him that it was so accurate.”, This fixation on promptness is a compulsion that Clea’s sister Nell also remembers. 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. I said, ‘Sure, I’ll hold it for you,’ but he replied, ‘No, I want you to have it’. These numbers must be featured in order for the Rolex to be authenticated. The last time one sold at auction was back in 2012, and we actually covered that sale, both before and after it happened. The watch was ordered in November 1974 and picked up in April 1975 $345.87 (with a 10% … Price on request. [Newman died later that year.]”. “I recall him wearing it most of the time. Everyone knew exactly where it was, who had it, and that it had plenty of sentimental value. 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. 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. 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. 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. IT. 6239 and later the Big Red, but Clea insists that this is not posing, rather he was genuinely using it to time the competition. For this lot, Phillips has the estimate listed as "estimate upon request." 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. US. That's similar to what Phillips said ahead of selling the Paul Newman Daytona back in 2017, but this is a very different situation. 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. Nobody feels different and that was so important to my father.”. Christie’s sold an example in May of this year for $518,398! “The first time I went to one, I was a teenager, and was so nervous. 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. 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.”. 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. In pictures of Newman racing in the 1970s and 1980s, his watch is often visible – first the ref. It was only much later that I realised the true meaning. 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. 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. Rolex Daytona. My mother, too, brought so much to the table and it was a real treat to grow up in a family like that. 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. The market for Daytona ref. 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. “He turned it into a game with people. Verified Dealer . 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. 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. “He was so proud of the watch that my mother gave to him and it was a huge part of who he was. We will have plenty of coverage of these two watches for you between now and the "Racing Pulse" auction on December 12. 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. 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. All of the camps are free and are loving, hopeful places with people from all walks of life all going through the same stuff. 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. That was their number-one priority and we all felt it, which was a gift.”. 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.”. Of the six watches used for filming, four were kept by the prop master, and two were kept by McQueen himself. Their relationship was so special and this is a nice way to celebrate it.”. “My father was very understated and respectful of everyone. 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. 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’. 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. Of these, the watch he owned and wore the longest is the present ‘Big Red’ Daytona ref. Both lots will be in the December 12 "Racing Pulse" auction, for which the catalog will come out in a week or so. He was always on time and never wanted other people to waste theirs,” says Clea. 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. 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. We went backwards and forwards maybe three times, but it didn’t occur to me exactly what was going on. The watches, while demonstrating Woodward’s excellent taste, were also perfect gifts for Newman. 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. 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. Sign up for the Telegraph Luxury newsletter for your weekly dose of exquisite taste and expert opinion. 6263 and, the other, a Heuer Monaco worn by Steve McQueen in the classic 1971 racing film Le Mans. It is really wonderful to be appreciated in that way. There's arguably no watch made more famous by its appearance in a movie, and for good reason. Verified Dealer. 14270, Reference Points Understanding The Rolex GMT-Master. Copyright © 2009–2020, HODINKEE Inc. All Rights Reserved. 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. For an up-to-date view on current values of Paul Newman Daytona watches, including the ref. “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. 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. Price on request. But this watch was significant, a symbol of their love, right down to the simple message on the back: ‘Drive slowly Joanne’. The Le Mans Monacos occupy a strange and interesting place in watch lore. James’s watch was engraved with a similar phrase: ‘Drive carefully Me’.”. It was 2008 and they were at the hospital where Newman was receiving treatment for lung cancer. 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.


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