The first time I truly — in every sense of the word — understood the importance of the Paul Newman Daytona for the collective watch community, is when I had to work with Wei Koh in publishing five comprehensive epics, in which he underlined who Paul Newman was, what the eponymous watch is and what it’s become to mean in today’s watch collecting context. Wei Koh also went on to explore the various doubts and controversies that exist around the watch and had them dispelled, once and for all, with the help of a scholar among scholars, Mr. Eric Ku.
So, I hope you will forgive me and my excitement for the news of Phillips Watches having found this, one of the greatest of grails in all of horology, the “Paul Newman” Daytona that was gifted to Paul Newman by his beloved wife, Joanna Woodward.
The news of the discovery didn’t take long to spread. It was first published on wsj.com, late on Thursday, (Singapore time) the 1st of June 2017, following which, there was word on watchesbysjx.com and, of course, Hodinkee.
It was, however, our wish that we not just help shout about this fantastic news, but add to it, as well. And by some incredible luck — or may be just dumb luck — while on the phone, discussing this matter, our deputy editorial director, Tracey Llewellyn shared that she happened to know Mr. Michael Clerizo, the gentleman who wrote the wsj.com article, quite well.