Most Expensive Rolex Watch Ever Sold

Most Expensive Rolex Watch Ever Sold

Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona ref 6239 : $17.8 million, 2017



Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona ref 6239 is a legendary watch with a fascinating history. Produced in the 1960s, it is not a prototype but rather a rare model that gained iconic status due to its association with the famous actor and racing enthusiast, Paul Newman. A Paul Newman Daytona can only have the reference number 6239, 6241, 6262, 6263, 6264, 6265 ­— Paul’s very own watch is a ref 6239 gifted by his wife, Joanne Woodward while he was playing in the movie “Winning”.

Rolex is quite a renowned name in the horology industry. Known for its immaculate attention to detail, it takes a year to produce one Rolex watch, cementing its rather irreplaceable position in the industry. The most expensive Rolex watch ever sold was in 2017 at an auction. Paul Newman’s 6239 Rolex Daytona is considered to be the most expensive watch ever sold. The opening bid started at $1 million and was immediately raised to $10 million by the first bidder. With only two bidders fighting for the watch, the Rolex was finally sold for approximately $18 million. 

Featuring a contrasting colour on the outer rim that matches with the watch’s sub-dials, the stainless steel bezel and a hand-wound calibre 722 with 17 jewels provides exquisite chronograph functions. The movement consists of 18,000 beats per hour. Furthermore, this watch comes with a 48-hour power reserve. While the Rolex Daytona has no unique or rare features or composition that makes it stand apart, the story behind it makes it an item worthy for a collector.