Here’s where the state of affairs stand: Paul Newman Daytons are uncommon and highly desirable. And in riding the Paul Newman train, plenty have tried to inject dial iterations of the watch into the market that suggest some odd experiment that the Rolex factory may have been trying.
Now drum up a story and put it up with an auction house — with enough credibility — and chances are you’re in for a nice, fat, quick buck. Not too long ago, Wei Koh wrote an illustration as to how easy it actually is to mimic and recreate one of the rarest dials in the Paul Newman realm: The RCO, or Oyster Sotto 6263 Paul Newman.
Of course, the RCO is one instance that’s been verified by plenty a vintage Rolex scholar and now holds credibility beyond doubt. But over the years, there’s been other versions of the Paul Newman in the market that are quite clearly bogus and deviate a little too far from the most critical Paul Newman dial identifiers. Read Wei Koh’s story on the Rolex Paul Newman controversies here.
What then, in the realm of the Paul Newman Daytona, is a true rarity? Well there are the above mentioned RCO Paul Newmans. But the next category down may be the gold cased Paul Newman Daytonas. Solely by the virtue that there were more steel Daytonas made than those in precious metal.
But we can distill this further. Most — if not all — gold Paul Newman Daytonas are of the pump-pusher variety. And they come in either a cream chapter ring with the sub-dials in the same color and the main dial in black, which matches the markings on the sub-dials or a black chapter ring with the sub-dials in the same color and the main dial in cream, which matches the markings on the sub-dials.