There are grails, and then there are GRAILS. The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that Paul Newman’s “Paul Newman” Daytona—which many would, without hesitation, call the holy grail of watch collecting—has not only been found, but will be auctioned off by Phillips in New York City later this year. Now, I’ll conceded right away that this is not something we normally cover—auctions aren’t really our thing here on worn&wound. But all that aside, this is undeniably cool.
For as long as people have been collecting vintage watches, they’ve also been asking and speculating about Paul Newman’s personal Daytona. It’s the watch. The one that most collectors—even those without the means to actually buy it if it ever surfaced for auction—covet, and it wouldn’t be unfair to say that it’s at least semi-responsible for the hype around the vintage watch boom.