Rolex Daytona

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The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is a mechanical chronograph wristwatch.wikipedia
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Rolex

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It has been manufactured by Rolex since 1963 in three distinct generations (or series); the second series was introduced in 1988, and the third in 2000.
In particular, Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona currently holds the title of the most expensive wristwatch and the second most expensive watch ever sold at auction, reaching a final price of 17.75 million US dollars in New York on October 26th, 2017.

24 Hours of Daytona

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Rolex sponsored the 24 Hours of Daytona car race, which became known as Rolex 24 at Daytona, from 1991, and named its chronograph watch after the race.
Winning drivers of all classes receive a steel Rolex Daytona watch.

Paul Newman

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The first series included an "exotic" variant dial now known as the Rolex "Paul Newman" Daytona, named after the famed actor, who received the watch as a gift from his wife, Joanne Woodward, and popularized it by wearing it consistently while pursuing his racing career. 6239) watch formerly owned by the actor Paul Newman was sold for US$17.75 million in New York, making it the most expensive wristwatch and the second most expensive watch ever sold at auction (as of November 2018).
On October 26, 2017, Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona was auctioned in New York by Phillips Auctioneers for $17.75 million, making it the most expensive wristwatch ever sold.

Zenith (watchmaker)

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The second series uses a modified automatic winding movement, originally manufactured by Zenith for their "El Primero" watch, designated by Zenith as Calibre 3019PHC.
Zenith's El Primero movement was used by Rolex from 1988 to 2000 for the Rolex Daytona chronograph.

List of most expensive watches sold at auction

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6239) watch formerly owned by the actor Paul Newman was sold for US$17.75 million in New York, making it the most expensive wristwatch and the second most expensive watch ever sold at auction (as of November 2018).
The most expensive wristwatch ever sold at auction, however, is the Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona, reaching a final price of 17.75 million US dollars in New York on October 26th, 2017.

Phillips (auctioneers)

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The model was sold by Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo in New York City, as part of the "WINNING ICONS: Milestone Watches of the 20th Century" auction.
On October 26th, 2017, Phillips sold the most expensive wristwatch and the second most expensive watch ever auctioned in the world, the Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona, reaching a final price of 17.75 million US dollars in New York.

Chronograph

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The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is a mechanical chronograph wristwatch. The six-digit Daytonas are certified, self-winding chronometers with chronograph functions.

Mechanical watch

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While cosmetically similar, the second series introduced a self-winding movement (the first series is hand-wound), and the third series brought manufacture of the movement in-house to Rolex.

Movement (clockwork)

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While cosmetically similar, the second series introduced a self-winding movement (the first series is hand-wound), and the third series brought manufacture of the movement in-house to Rolex.

Manufacture d'horlogerie

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While cosmetically similar, the second series introduced a self-winding movement (the first series is hand-wound), and the third series brought manufacture of the movement in-house to Rolex.

Joanne Woodward

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The first series included an "exotic" variant dial now known as the Rolex "Paul Newman" Daytona, named after the famed actor, who received the watch as a gift from his wife, Joanne Woodward, and popularized it by wearing it consistently while pursuing his racing career.

Telemeter

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It also featured a tachymeter scale on the outer chapter ring, and a telemeter scale on the inner chapter ring.

Daytona International Speedway

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Rolex became the official timekeeper of the Daytona International Speedway in 1962, and to mark the occasion, Reference 6234 was replaced with Cosmograph Reference 6239, introduced in 1963 as the first chronograph from Rolex nicknamed "Daytona".

24 Hours of Le Mans

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However, the original Reference 6239 did not include "Daytona" on the dial (and was in fact nicknamed "Le Mans" for the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race).

Tachymeter (watch)

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In addition to the chronograph features, the wristwatch featured a bezel engraved with a tachymeter, as the watch was intended for racing drivers.

Valjoux

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The movement used in the original series was a manual wind movement manufactured by Valjoux, which was designated Calibre 72. It was reworked by Rolex and redesignated as Calibre 722.

Eric Clapton

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The first known "Albino Daytona" was owned by Eric Clapton.

Automatic watch

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The second series uses a modified automatic winding movement, originally manufactured by Zenith for their "El Primero" watch, designated by Zenith as Calibre 3019PHC. While cosmetically similar, the second series introduced a self-winding movement (the first series is hand-wound), and the third series brought manufacture of the movement in-house to Rolex. The six-digit Daytonas are certified, self-winding chronometers with chronograph functions.

Zenith Electronics

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After Zenith was sold to the American company of the same name in 1971, the company discontinued production of mechanical movements in 1975.

Ebel

After Zenith Radio resold Zenith in 1978, Ebel decided to purchase some unassembled Calibre 3019PHC movements in 1981, which Zenith assembled out of leftover spare parts.

Chronometer watch

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The six-digit Daytonas are certified, self-winding chronometers with chronograph functions.

Winning

While other sources agree it was a gift from Woodward, they assert the watch was presented to Newman earlier, during the filming of Winning in 1968 or 1969.

Nell Newman

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In 1984, Paul Newman gave his first Rolex Daytona to James Cox, then the boyfriend of his daughter, Nell Newman.

Christie's

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In 2013, during a special Rolex Daytona-themed auction held in Geneva on 10 November, Christie's sold a rare Rolex Daytona Ref.

New York City

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6239) watch formerly owned by the actor Paul Newman was sold for US$17.75 million in New York, making it the most expensive wristwatch and the second most expensive watch ever sold at auction (as of November 2018). The model was sold by Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo in New York City, as part of the "WINNING ICONS: Milestone Watches of the 20th Century" auction.