Paul Newman‘s iconic Rolex Daytona has officially become the most expensive wristwatch ever sold at auction. The amount? A whopping US$17.8 million, which was auctioned at Phillips in New York City. It also broke the previous world record held by the stainless steel Patek Philippe ref. 158, which was then the most expensive wristwatch ever sold at US$11.1 million.
The aforementioned Rolex Daytona was first given by his wife Joanne Woodward while the couple co-starred together in the 1969 racecar film, Winning. It was known that Woodward bought the watch at Tiffany & Co. on Fifth Avenue and had it engraved on the caseback with the words “Drive Carefully Me“, a touching inscription that indicated how much she worried for his life especially after he involved in a 1965 motorcycle accident. Since then, Newman wore his Rolex Daytona watch every day until his death in 2008.
The late Hollywood actor was famously known for his iconic roles in The Hustler (1961), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1966), Cool Hand Luke (1967) and The Sting (1973). He also won an Academy Award for Best Actor in the 1986 film, The Color of Money. His voice recordings can be heard recently in Pixar‘s Cars 3, in which he received a posthumous billing for reprising his role as Doc Hudson.