Lot 38 – Rolex Cosmograph Daytona “Big Red” ref.6263 Replica With Steel Case
Paul Newman’s wife, Joanne Woodward, gifted this timepiece to him in 1983, the year of their 25th wedding anniversary. On the back she had engraved “Drive slowly, Joanne” in order to encourage Newman to make some safe choices on the racing track. One year later, in 1984, Paul Newman gave his daughter’s then-boyfriend, James Cox, the fake Rolex Daytona ref.6239 I mentioned earlier (auctioned by Phillips in 2017).
Perhaps Newman felt one Daytona in his collection was enough. He was frequently seen wearing the 6263 — the Phillips’ catalogue includes a famous cover photo of The Sunday Times magazine with Newman wearing the timepiece. In many of these photos, Newman has the pushers unscrewed so he can more easily employ the chronograph function. In 2008, Newman’s daughter, Clea, visited him in hospital and he gave her the black bezel copy Rolex Daytona ref.6263 during that visit.
Estimate: $US 1 million+
Lot 63 – Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116500LN Fake With White Dial
This Daytona was donated by Shark Tank‘s Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’Leary in order to benefit the One Drop charity as well as the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.
The lot is offered without reserve. The Swiss movement copy watch has proven very popular with the wardrobe department at Shark Tank. O’Leary pairs it with a red Rubber B strap made in Switzerland, which allows the timepiece to “pop” for the show’s audience.
Estimate: $US 8,000-12,000