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Part 1 of 3: The ACTUAL Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 6263 owned by Paul Newman

by Nick Gould on June 17, 2017

Today we have a special article for readers of Deployant!  We will be bringing a you a special series on the rest of the Rolex Daytonas owned by Paul Newman, with actual photos of the watches.  Starting the series off with  Part 1, the watch he started to wear after giving away the Ref 6239  “Paul Newman Daytona”.

The Reference 6263 Cosmograph Daytona owned by Paul Newman

After Paul Newman gave away the Ref 6239, his next Daytona was a Reference 6263.  This watch has a black dial with contrasting white sub dials and the word “Daytona” in red.   This watch was also given to him by his wife Joanne Woodward, which was engraved with a special message on the back.

Paul Newman Daytona Ref 6263

Paul Newman’s personal Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref 6263.  Picture (C) Charles Tearle

Paul Newman is pictured below wearing his Ref 6263 Daytona, on the podium after a race.  Motor racing was one of his lifelong passions.   Just like his previous watch,  Paul Newman preferred to wear his Daytona on a bund strap instead of the stainless steel bracelet most of the time.  As you can see the screw down pushers of the chronograph are unscrewed and the chronograph has been running.

Paul Newman wearing his Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Reference 6263. Picture (C) NY TImes

Just like the Reference 6239 Daytona, there is a special message on the back of the watch from his wife Joanne Woodward.  It reads: “Drive slowly” Joanne.  A touching gesture.

Paul Newman Daytona 6263 Back

The personal message on the back of Paul Newman’s Reference 6263 Cosmograph Daytona. Picture (C) Charles Tearle

The photo below is from the Sunday Times Magazine issue from the 13th of May 1984 and was taken by famed photographer, Annie Leibovitz.  As you can see the Reference 6263 Daytona is on his wrist.  Considering the date of the magazine, it is highly likely the photograph was taken sometime early in 1984 or 1983, which indicates Paul Newman had the Ref 6263 at the same time as the Ref 6239.

Paul Newman with his Rolex Daytona Ref 6263. Picture (C) The Sunday Times

 

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It may not be an exotic dial but it still has the cool factor since is a Rolex Daytona owned by Paul Newman!

This watch is still in the possession of Paul Newman’s daughter Clea.  She mentions the watch and the inscription in an article from the Daily Mail last year.

We found a great shot of her wearing it!

Clea Newman wears her fathers Ref 6263 Daytona on a stainless steel Oyster bracelet! How awesome is that!

Actress Elizabeth McGovern and Clea Newman at the 2014 Serious Fun Children’s Network Gala in London.  The Serious Fun Children’s Network  was started by Paul Newman.   On the wrist of Clea Newman, her father Paul Newman’s Ref 6263 Daytona. Picture (C) Total Management

Close up of Paul Newman’s Reference 6263 Daytona on his daughter Clea Newman’s wrist.

Clea Newman wearing her father Paul Newman’s  Rolex Reference 6263 Cosmograph Daytona.

Our thanks to Charles Tearle for providing the photographs of Paul Newman’s actual Ref 6263 timepiece and the engraving on the back.  Also to Jake Ehrlich for alerting us to Clea Newman wearing the Ref 6263.

Stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3 of Paul Newmans personal Rolex Daytonas.

 

 

 

 

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