- Cosmograph Daytona with an exotic or panda dial
- One of the most in-demand Rolex watches
- Popular reference numbers: 6239, 6241, 6263
- Prices starting at 100,000 euros
How can you recognize a Rolex Paul Newman Daytona?
You can recognize a Rolex Paul Newman Daytona by its dial. It's hard to believe, but the dial is the only feature that differentiates a Paul Newman from other Daytona models
. The defining features of the white or black Paul Newman dials are contrasting subdials at nine, six, and three o'clock as well as a dial edge that matches the color of the subdials. The indices on the edge of the dial are often red. Connoisseurs call this tri-color design an "exotic dial
." The term "panda dial
" refers to the bi-color version. Strictly speaking, a panda dial is a white dial with black subdials. Versions with a black dial and white counters are referred to as a "reverse panda dial."
If you examine the subdials on the Rolex Paul Newman Daytona more closely, you will find more differences from the standard Rolex chronographs
. Paul Newmans have numerals in an Art Deco style
and small squares at the end of the indices. The numbers 15, 30, 45, and 60 are visible on the small seconds at nine o'clock. Standard Daytona chronographs only feature 20, 40, and 60 on the small seconds subdial. Furthermore, there's a small step between the outer minute track and the rest of the dial on the Paul Newman. Many also have red indices
on the edge of the dial, allowing you to read timed fractions of seconds.
From a technical standpoint, the standard Cosmograph Daytona models from the 1960s and 70s are identical to the Paul Newman Rolex. The only difference is the dial: As versions with exotic dials didn't sell well, Rolex didn't produce many of them
. This is why the Paul Newman Daytona is incredibly rare today, which increases the demand and price. It was most likely Italian watch collectors who catapulted the timepiece to fame. Today, it is one of the most in-demand vintage watches
in the world.
How much does a Rolex Paul Newman Daytona cost?
|Paul Newman’s Daytona 6239
||The most expensive wristwatch. Sold at an auction on October 26th, 2017.
|Paul Newman Daytona 6239
||Steel bezel, Valjoux 722 caliber
||Starting at 100,000 euros
|Paul Newman Daytona 6241
||Acrylic bezel, Valjoux 722 caliber
||Over 150,000 euros
|Paul Newman Daytona 6262
||Steel bezel, Valjoux 727 caliber
||Starting at 120,000 euros
|Paul Newman Daytona 6264
||Acrylic bezel, Valjoux 727 caliber
||Over 150,000 euros
|Paul Newman Daytona 6265
||Oyster case, screw-down push-pieces, steel bezel, Valjoux 727 caliber
||About 200,000 euros
|Paul Newman Daytona 6263
||Oyster case, screw-down push-pieces, acrylic bezel, Valjoux 727 caliber
||About 1,000,000 euros
Paul Newman, the famous actor and racecar driver, was a fan of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. He owned multiple chronographs; his second wife Joanne Woodward supposedly gave him one of his Rolex chronographs. One of the most famous models that the actor wore was the Paul Newman Daytona with reference number 6239
. Newman was photographed multiple times with this watch on his wrist. His favorite strap was a black military strap
. The exotic dial on his 6239 was white and had a black dial edge and subdials. This model is the most authentic Rolex Paul Newman Daytona. The 6239 is also available with a black dial and white subdials. "Daytona" is written above the 12-hour counter at six o'clock. You can purchase this Daytona with a Paul Newman dial for around 100,000 euros. If you don't necessarily need one with an exotic dial, you can buy a vintage Rolex with reference number 6239 for around 35,000 euros.
Aside from the Daytona 6239, Paul Newman also wore a timepiece with reference number 6241
. This Rolex Paul Newman Daytona is almost identical to the 6239 but has a black acrylic bezel
instead. Rolex produced fewer 6241 watches than the 6239. Therefore, the 6241 is much rarer and more expensive. You should plan to pay more than 150,000 euros for a Daytona 6241 with an exotic dial in very good condition. The manual Valjoux 722
chronograph caliber powers both the 6239 and 6241 timepieces.
Another Rolex Paul Newman Daytona model has the reference number 6262
. This chronograph looks just like the Daytona 6239, but has a different caliber. Rolex uses the Valjoux 727
in the 6262, which is an improvement on the Valjoux 722. While the Valjoux 722 vibrated at 18,000 alternations per hour (A/h), the Valjoux 727 had a frequency of 21,600 A/h. Prices for a Paul Newman Rolex with reference number 6262 start around 120,000 euros. With a standard dial, the Daytona 6161 costs around 40,000 euros. This model is incredibly rare, as the manufacturer only produced the watch for one year. The same applies to the Daytona 6264
, which was also powered by the Valjoux 727. Unlike the 6262, the 6264 had a black acrylic bezel. The 6264 often sells for over 150,000 euros
at auction. Without the special Paul Newman dial, you should expect to pay around 50,000 euros.
The models with reference numbers 6265
are also available with the Paul Newman look. However, these models were given a new feature: a somewhat thicker Oyster case
and screw-down push-pieces
at two and four o'clock. Furthermore, aside from the tri-color dial, there was also a bi-color white and black version, a classic panda dial. Either "Rolex Oyster Cosmograph" or "Rolex Cosmograph Oyster" was written beneath the crown at 12 o'clock. The latter inscription is especially rare. Previously, Rolex had used the inscription "Rolex Cosmograph" on the dials. The 6265 and 6263 are powered by the Valjoux 727 caliber. Rolex outfitted the 6265 with a steel bezel, while the 6263 had a black acrylic bezel.
You should plan on spending at least 200,000 euros for a Rolex Paul Newman Daytona with reference number 6265. A standard 6265 without the highly sought-after dial is significantly less expensive. Prices for this model in very good condition start at 40,000 euros. The 6263 with a panda dial is probably the most in-demand and expensive Rolex Paul Newman Daytona. One of these timepieces sold for around one million euros at a Christie's auction. The standard version of this Daytona only costs around 40,000 euros.
What to Note When Buying This Timepiece
Every Rolex Paul Newman Daytona, regardless of its reference number, is incredibly rare. You should pay attention to the original condition of the Paul Newman Daytona when purchasing one. There are many, many watches with fake Paul Newman dials; replicas are also on the market. You'll often find standard Daytona models that were later fitted with a panda or exotic dial. They look like a Paul Newman, but aren't. Get as much information from the seller as possible before you make a purchase and review everything carefully.
Is there a current Rolex Paul Newman Daytona?
Rolex is not currently producing any new Paul Newman Daytonas. If you want a current stainless steel model, then you should consider the reference number 116500LN
. This Cosmograph Daytona is available with a white or black dial. The bezel is made of black ceramic. This stainless steel watch is so sought after that you need to be willing to wait a few months
to purchase one. If you want it sooner, you can buy it online on Chrono24. New models cost around 16,000 euros. The in-house caliber 4130 powers this chronograph and it has a 72-hour power reserve.
There are also other companies, such as Project X or Blaken, that offer Daytona watches. Since the Paul Newman Rolex is in such high demand, both companies have made limited editions designed after the vintage watch. The watches from Project X cost around 18,000 euros new. Prices for pre-owned Blaken Daytons start around 19,000 euros, while new, they cost 28,000 euros.