Good things come to those who wait. Perhaps Phillips Geneve Auction house took the statement literally to heart, and saved the best for its final day. A stunning Rolex Paul Newman Daytona in gold fetched the highest priced Daytona ever to be sold at an auction. The gold Daytona, admirable referred to as the ‘Legend’ secured a record price of $3.7 Million when the hammer went down. It is indeed, one of only three known yellow gold Oyster Paul Newman Daytonas, a ref. 6263 with a lemon grené dial.
The Legend features a unique lemon dial, far different from the ivory dial found on other stainless steel Paul Newman watches. This super rare Rolex is one of three yellow gold models with a screw down pusher known to exist. It’s no surprise that this caught the eye of collectors, with its manufacturing dating back to 1969, and it remaining in pristine condition. Hodinkee, the highly acclaimed horological website had this to say, “The eventual winner even decided to get up and walk out of the auction room before Aurel Bacs finally dropped his gavel. He turned around just in time to hear confirmation of his winning bid, but he was the first person out of the auction room. Perhaps he was just keen on getting his hands on his new watch.” Even Paul Newman would have been proud!