Phillips Announces: WINNING ICONS – Legendary Watches of the 20th Century

Including Paul Newman’s Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona – One of the World’s Most Important Collector’s Watches Ever
To Take Place in New York on 26 October 2017. Highlights on View in Taipei, Hong Kong, London, Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York

Rolex, Paul Newman’s “Paul Newman” Daytona, Ref. 6239
Estimate: In excess of US$1 million

NEW YORK – 18 September 2017 – Following another record-breaking Spring auction season, which furthered Phillips’ standing as the global market leader in watches, Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo is delighted to announce its inaugural New York auction.

Paul in Venice


Paul Newman

A thematic evening sale taking place on 26 October, the sale will offer 50 exceptionally rare and iconic collectors’ watches of the 20th century. Some of the finest watches available anywhere in the world in terms of quality and condition will be offered, including elegant dress, sports, and complicated watches by the best known manufacturers such as Patek Philippe and Rolex, as well as A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Cartier, Omega, and Vacheron Constantin, and also leading independent brands such as Philippe Dufour – all made before the turn of the century. Phillips worked once again with Pucci Papaleo and his renowned team to create a stunning catalog for this landmark auction with photography by Fabio Santinelli – the world’s leading photographer of watches.

Highlights from the WINNING ICONS sale will be on exhibition in Taipei (24 – 28 September), Hong Kong (30 September to 2 October), London (4 – 7 October), Seattle (10 October), Los Angeles (12-14 October), and New York (20-26 October). On view will be the top lot – the legendary Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona owned and worn by Paul Newman, previously announced here. The worldwide tour will also feature highlights from the 11 November thematic sale “The Crosthwaite & Gavin Collection” devoted to Heuer watches, the 12 November Geneva Watch Auction: SIX sale, and the 28 November Hong Kong Watch Auction: FIVE sale.

Paul Boutros, Head of Watches, Americas, and Senior Vice President, said “New York represents our third selling location following Geneva and Hong Kong since the start of our department in November 2014. We are delighted to open this important market with a thematic auction dedicated to iconic wristwatches of the 20th century. The inspiration for this sale came from one of the world’s most legendary watches – the singular, one and only Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona owned and worn by the Hollywood legend himself. Auctioned for the first time ever in the country where Paul Newman was born, raised, and worked; it’s truly an American story of one of the most famous American actors of all time.”

Aurel Bacs, Senior Consultant, added, “We are proud to launch our watch auctions in New York with this groundbreaking thematic sale. After observing particularly strong demand from American clients over the past several years for vintage and modern collectors’ watches, we collaborated with Pucci Papaleo and his team of world-class professionals to create an exciting evening sale in one of the world’s most important markets for watches. Led by the watch so many of us have dreamed of one day finding – Paul Newman’s own Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona, the selection of 50 iconic watches offered will delight both novice and experienced collectors alike. It’s a true honour to auction this historic timepiece.”

The auction will take place at Phillips’ New York saleroom beginning at 6PM.



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