Two Unique Rolex Watches Hit the Auction Block


Two unique Rolex watches hit the auction block during Sotheby’s online auction. The Rolex Daytona #6263 from 1975 is estimated to bring in over $2 million. Another Rolex Paul Newman Daytona #6241 from 1968 is estimated to sell for nearly $2 million also.

The Rolex Daytona #6263 was commissioned by the United Arab Emirates and Arab Nations as gifts to give to diplomats and officials. The featured watch in the photos above is a personalized example known as “The Desert Eagle.” There’s a coat of arms that was rendered by hand replacing the traditional signatures found on the typical Cosmograph. This watch was made specifically for Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 1975.

Rolex Daytona #6263
The Rolex Daytona #6263 in stainless steel, made in 1975. – Image credit Sotheby’s
Rolex Daytona #6263
The Rolex Daytona #6263 in stainless steel, made in 1975. – Image credit Sotheby’s

The Rolex Paul Newman Daytona #6241 was only in production from 1965 to 1969 in very limited quantity. Only 2,700 were made, and only a limited number of them included the ‘Paul Newman’ dial. The ‘Paul Newman’ name was a line of high performance watches Rolex produced, which were not in high demand originally. Later, the models became more expensive over time where the watch owned and worn by Paul Newman himself sold at auction for a record $17 million in 2017.

Rolex Paul Newman Daytona #6241
Rolex Paul Newman Daytona #6241 from 1968. – Image Credit Sotheby’s
Rolex Paul Newman Daytona
Rolex Paul Newman Daytona #6241 from 1968. – Image Credit Sotheby’s