Masculinity and Speed

The present lot, a Daytona Rolex with original box; Paul Newman and Bill Freeman at Willow Springs Raceway in 1976 along side Bill Freeman's Porsche 911.

“Daytona” evokes thoughts of speed and motorsport as the famous Daytona speedway racetrack continues to host the iconic Daytona 500 and the Rolex sponsored Rolex 24 celebrates its 60th year this coming January. However, now “Daytona” has dual associations, as the Rolex Daytona has become one of the most coveted and well-known wristwatches in the world. Paul Newman wore the watch for his racing debut in 1972 and subsequently after, for various photo shoots, sealing its association with racing and masculinity.

Daytona International Speedway

The Rolex Daytona 6265 model replaced the 6264 in 1971. The 6265 came with a steel metal bezel and the watch was fitted with the Valjoux 727 movement. In1987, it was taken out of production and has become highly coveted for its unique and attractive design. Often called the “Big Red”, “Daytona” is written in red on the dial and it is a reverse panda dial, black with white sub dials, which makes the watch more desirable. This watch has screw down crown and pushers.

With their continuously growing popularity, “Daytona” wristwatches from this period have become increasingly rare. To find one with box, papers and original tag is even rarer. This Daytona emerges from a private New Jersey home as a complete package.