3 Things to Know About Rolex

1. Paul Newman
If the James Bond Sub has a challenger for the title of most famous collector watch, it’s the “Paul Newman” Daytona. These are regular production Daytonas originally produced with exotic dials. These watches were not highly popular when they came out, meaning relatively few were sold, and that translates to fewer of them being available today.
Production of the rare dials begin in the mid-1960s, and the dials appeared on a total of six different references: 6239, 6241,6262,6264, 6265, and 6263. The dials were made with two colors – black and white, and some dials featured a third color, red. Among other details, the dials featured Art Deco-style numerals on the subdials, and the some of the subdial hash marks had small squares at the ends.
As is often the case with cult watches, the origin of the celebrity association is unclear. One story is that an image of Newman wearing the watch appeared on the cover of a top Italian magazine. While Newman was photographed wearing a Daytona with the exotic dial on several occasions, original copies of the Italian magazine cover remain elusive, so the story is likely untrue. Another story is that Newman was pictured wearing the watch in promotional posters for the movie “Winning”. Examples of the poster do exist, and that story does not hold water. However the association came to be, it took hold, and today “Paul Newman” Daytonas are worth far more than their weight in gold.
2. Top Auction Results
When it comes to collectability, two brands stand head and shoulders above the rest: Patek Philippe Replica and Rolex Replica Watches. With its galaxy of complicated timepieces, in precious metal cases, produced in small numbers, Patek dominates any listing of the most expensive watches sold at auction. While large numbers of Pateks have crossed the auction block at prices above $1 million, until a few years ago, no Rolex Replica Watches could claim that distinction. That changed in May, 2011 when a Rolex Replica Watches ref. 4113 split-seconds chronograph brought 1,035,000 CHF, or $1,163,746 at a Christie’s sale in Geneva. Manufactured in 1942, this watch was unusually large for its day, measuring 44mm in diameter, and the stainless steel case did not hold it back. Indeed when it comes to collectible Rolex Replica Watcheses, steel usually trumps gold at sale time.
Since the sale mentioned above, four more Rolex Replica Watches have broken the $1 million benchmark at auction, and all have been sold by Christie’s. Here’s a quick rundown:
In May, 2013, another Rolex Fake Watches ref. 4113 chronograph sold for 1,107,750 CHF, or $1,161,436, in Geneva.
In November 2013 at its “Lesson One” sale in Geneva, Christie’s sold a Rolex Replica Watches ref. 6263 Cosmograph Daytona with an “RCO Paul Newman” dial for 989,000 CHF, or $1,089,186. The “RCO” is a reference to the text on the dial at 12 o’clock, which reads “Rolex Replica Watches Cosmograph Oyster”, rather than the usual “Rolex Replica Watches Oyster Cosmograph.”
The following month in New York, a Rolex Replica Watches ref. 8171 in steel with triple calendar, moon phases and diamond-set dial sold for $1,145,000. In the catalog, Christie’s noted that Italian collectors nicknamed this watch “Padellone”, or “Big Frying Pan”, because at 38 mm, it was so large for its time, circa 1953.
In May of this year in Geneva , Christie’s sold an 18k gold Rolex Replica Watches with star hour markers on a cloisonné enamel dial. Produced in 1949, this piece brought the equivalent of $1,242,040, placing a precious metal case at the top of the Rolex Replica Watches sales records, at least for the moment.
3. Philanthropic Programs
Rolex Replica Watches is well known for its philanthropic and charity efforts, which include two global programs: The Rolex Replica Watches Awards for Enterprise, and The Rolex Replica Watches Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.
Launched in 1976, the Rolex Replica Watches Awards for Enterprise provide financial support to individuals working in the areas of science and medicine, technology and innovation, exploration and discovery, the environment, and cultural heritage. In 2009 the Rolex Replica Watches Awards introduced the Young Laureates Program, designed to “foster innovation in the next generation.” Judges select enterprising young individuals and provide with them with funding and resources to pursue their projects.
Since their creation, 110 Rolex Replica Watches Awards have been presented to recipients in more than 60 countries. Examples of recognized projects include a system to carry our mass health screening in newborns, developing faster laboratory tests to detect so-called “superbugs”, developing braille smartphones, and a public awareness campaign designed to lower child mortality rates.
Created in 2002, the Rolex Replica Watches Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative pairs gifted young artists with internationally recognized masters, sponsoring them to spend a year in a one-to-one mentoring relationship. Since its inception, 234 people, from more than 40 countries, have participated.