Advent of an historic moment
The environment surrounding vintage Rolex has reached a new level, with the background to this mentioned in Season 1. And then one fateful day in October 2017, it was announced one amazing watch will be put up for auction at Phillips New York, a Ref.6239 ‘Paul Newman’ owned by the actor himself. It seems that the legendary piece, the famous ‘Paul Newman’ as seen wrapped around the wrist in the photograph, will be up for auction. You could say the auction sale of the watch was an historic achievement that only Phillips were capable of doing.
Up until that point, the highest price ever bid for a watch was 7.3 million Swiss franc (JPY 900 million) at Phillips auction in 2015 for a custom made blue dial Patek Philippe 5016A. This time, fans around the world will be focused on the single point of whether or not the legendary ‘Paul Newman’ piece can exceed this. In the end, the successful bid of $17,752,500 USD (JPY 2,030 million) massively rewrites that record as the highest bid ever for a wristwatch. It was a historical moment where the price of that one Rolex stood above all other Patek Philippe.