Why I’m conflicted
Okay, so right here’s the half the place I confess that I idolized Paul Newman, the person.
Someplace in a field, I nonetheless have the commemorative copy of Individuals Journal that celebrated his life. In my guise as a automotive nut and newbie open-wheel racer, I noticed him as each a real fanatic and a reliable sizzling shoe.
Cool Hand Luke and his efficiency therein stay amongst my very favorites within the movie world, and whereas I gained’t go down the lengthy record, a lot of his different performances have stayed with me as nicely.
Then there’s his and his household’s charity work, which the sale of his Daytona at Phillips this October will profit, making this an amazing motive to assist the sale of this explicit watch (proceeds from the sale will go to a charitable group known as the Nell Newman Foundation).
And a minimum of by most accounts, he was a loyal husband and father. His well-known line about being trustworthy to his spouse Joanne Woodward “I’ve steak at house; why exit for hamburger?” was on the similar time instantly memorable, mildly offensive (reportedly Woodward hated being in comparison with a lower of meat), and splendidly endearing.
As well as, Newman was a reliable “Rolex man.”
He reportedly owned a minimum of 5 totally different Daytona fashions through the years together with different Rolexes, and never solely wore them usually however gave a lot of them away to family and friends members.
Newman and Rolex are so tightly linked that for me, proudly owning a “Newman” Rolex can be an acceptable tribute to the person.
In my fantasies, a minimum of, he should even have discovered the inventory steel bracelets wanting as he wore his Daytonas on quite a lot of leather-based straps; for me each an extra motive to admire the person and a possible mitigation for one among my objections to the watch.
Lastly, there are some facets of the Newman Daytona look that I do discover interesting! Particularly I’ll name out the refined pebble graining of the primary dial, particularly on the ivory-dialed items I’ve seen.
The underside line
Let’s begin with what is probably apparent: whereas I’m an amazing admirer of Newman and have a sure weak spot for bidding on objects comparable to Eisenhower’s jacket and Albert Einstein’s watch (a narrative for an additional time, maybe), this October lot at Phillips goes to be method out of attain for me.
I do plan on attending the public sale, although, want all the very best to the possible bidders and to the Newman charities that may profit, and count on an astonishing hammer worth.
Whereas I do have some issues that one other childhood hero of mine, Arnold Palmer, will stay on within the collective consciousness principally as a lemonade-iced tea drink, I don’t assume there’s any likelihood that “Paul Newman” shall be remembered primarily because the title of a wristwatch given Newman’s many accomplishments and ongoing charitable legacy.
I don’t “want” to personal a Newman Rolex to point out my respect for the person and I’ll in all probability do extra good for these in want by persevering with my common purchases of Newman’s Own products – so I believe I’ll stick with that!
Fast Details Paul Newman’s personal Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Reference 6239
Case: 36 x 14 mm, chrome steel with metal tachymeter bezel; pump pushers; engraved “DRIVE CAREFULLY ME” on the case again
Dial: white Unique with black registers and chapter ring, pink accents
Motion: manually wound Rolex Valjoux Caliber 722
Features: hours, minutes; subsidiary seconds; 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph, tachymeter
Public sale worth (2017): $17,752,500
* This text was first revealed on July 4, 2017 at Hello, Newman: A Collector Looks Askance At The Cult Of The Paul Newman Rolex Daytona.