The Paul Newman Daytona – next to the Submariner range, this is of the most well-known collectible fake Rolex watches out there. There is a sort of mythos around the watch given the ambiguous connection to the movie star/pop culture hero, and the extreme fame that the Daytona collection later had. The story of the Paul Newman Daytona is a bit convoluted and complex. There was not just one watch, and Rolex never officially called any piece the Paul Newman Daytona.
Rolex never made that many Paul Newman Daytonas as they didn’t sell well. This created rarity, which now translates into value. It was difficult at the time to guess that a watch that couldn’t sell would be so desired, but that is the way it went. So if you are trying to predict what pieces today will go up in value? It isn’t always a bad idea to find nice, but highly discounted Swiss-made replica watches that have something a but special to them.
The Paul Newman film Winning had Newman wearing one of these Rolex ref. 6241 watches on the poster. I believe that Newman did not wear the watch in the movie actually, but he did own one and you can see him wearing it around in various pictures taken during his life. He seemed to like it off the bracelet on a sort of bund strap.
Today the copy Rolex Daytona model is among the most popular collectible Rolex watches on the planet. They are very rare and go for big bucks when auctioned. This particular piece available on James List seems to be in excellent condition and was made in 1964. It isn’t super large at about 37-38mm wide in steel. I have a feeling that Rolex will come out with an homage dial in the next couple of years to remind us of this classic clean style that still has a bit of avant garde style to it.