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Paul Newman’s Rolex Has Become the Most Expensive Luxury Watch Ever Sold at Auction

A historically important stainless steel Rolex Cosmograph Daytona “Paul Newman” that once belonged to the Hollywood legend Paul Newman himself was sold by Phillips New York for a record-breaking $17.8 million!

The Phillips Winning Icons – Legendary Watches of the 20th Century Sale was held on October 26. Featuring 50 important high-end watches, including Paul Newman’s 1968 Rolex Daytona that was introduced to the public for the first time, it was a historical event for all collectors and connoisseurs of fine watches. The bidding war for the iconic Rolex was opened at $10 million and lasted 12 minutes before the luxury watch was finally sold for a record $17.8 million to an anonymous bidder on the phone, thus becoming the world’s most expensive wristwatch ever sold at auction.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 6239 “Paul Newman” owned by Paul Newman

Among other important Rolex high-end luxury watches that went under the hammer on October 26 are:

  • Rolex Ref. 8171 “Padellone,” 1950 – sold for $603,000
  • Rolex Submariner Ref. 6200 “Big Crown,” 1954 – sold for $579,000
  • Rolex Ref. 6284 Enamel Dial, 1950 – sold for $567,000
  • Rolex Ref. 6062 “Stelline,” 1953 – sold for $495,000
  • Rolex Oyster Chronograph Ref. 6236 “Jean-Claude Killy,” 1958 – sold for $262,500

It is also impossible not to mention the following fine watches auctioned by Phillips at the Winning Icons Sale:

  • Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 Perpetual Calendar, 1951

35mm 18k pink gold case, hand-winding mechanical movement, Calibre 13”’, 23 jewels, perpetual calendar watch with chronograph, tachymeter scale, and moon phase indication.

Sold for $975,000.

Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

  • Philippe Dufour Duality Double Regulator, 1996

35.5mm platinum case, hand-winding mechanical movement, Calibre 10, 40 jewels, world’s first luxury watch with a double escapement.

Sold for $915,000.

Philippe Dufour Duality Double Regulator

  • Audemars Piguet Ref. 5516 Perpetual Calendar, 1957

36.5mm yellow gold case, hand-winding mechanical movement, Calibre 13VZSSQP, 18 jewels, perpetual calendar luxury watch with additional dial, leap year indication, and moon phases.

Sold for $675,000.

Audemars Piguet Ref. 5516 Perpetual Calendar

  • Patek Philippe Ref. 1463 “Tasti Tondi,” 1949

35mm stainless steel case, hand-winding mechanical movement, Calibre 13”’, 23 jewels, chronograph watch with outer tachymeter scale and two-tone silvered dial.

Sold for $591,000.

Patek Philippe Ref. 1463 “Tasti Tondi” Chronograph

  • Vacheron Constantin Ref. 4764 “Cioccolatone,” 1958

36mm 18k pink gold case, hand-winding mechanical movement P495, 17 jewels, triple calendar complication with moon phase indication, two-tone silvered dial.

Sold for $387,000.

Vacheron Constantin Ref. 4764 “Cioccolatone” Triple Calendar

With such results, the Phillips New York Winning Icons Sale is sure to go down in history as one of the greatest of all time!

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