October 26, 2017 is a date that will remain etched in the memory of all the Rolex collectors. The Rolex Daytona Ref. 6239, owned by Paul Newman, was sold in New York by Lemon Philllips and Bacs & Russo. The Daytona with an "exotic" dial produced in less than 3000 units that inspired the nickname of one of the most prestigious versions of this beloved Rolex chronograph.

The watch was given to Newman by his wife Joanne Woodward in 1969 during the filming of the film "Indianapolis Pista Infernale" (original title "Winning") set in the world of motor racing, his great passion. On the case back he had the writing "Drive Carefully, for me".

In 1984, Newman had given him the boyfriend of his daughter Nell to James Cox.
James and Nell never got married, but they remained friends and decided to auction this masterpiece and with a portion of the proceeds from sales they will fund the activities of the Newman's Own Foundation.

An exciting auction, which after a 12-minute battle saw this famous Rolex Daytona beat for a whopping 17.8 million dollars. An absolute record for a clock that has pulverized the previous record of 11.1 million for a Patek Philippe.

A good investment if you think that in 1969/1970 the reference 6239 cost only € 67.14 in the list because they were years in which a Cellini was more in demand than a Daytona.

Unique watches very sought after by collectors. We at Bedetti have been Rolex dealers for many decades and have dedicated a corner of the store to the second wrist.

We look forward to seeing our second wrist watches: checked, reviewed and guaranteed by origin, authenticity and good operation. If you are in possession of luxury watches and want to trade them or you are looking for a vintage Rolex come and visit us, our staff will be at your disposal for free advice and quotes.