Back in 2014, we ran a Reference Points article about a watch that highlights the intersection between pop culture and watch collecting unlike any other: The best quality fake Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona.
Three years later, Newman’s own Paul Newman Rolex Daytona copy with steel case famously sold in one of the most highly publicized, record-breaking auctions the watch world has ever seen. When the hammer fell, it became the most expensive wristwatch ever sold publicly (though this guy now wears that crown).
As we settle in this Sunday for the Academy Awards – and perhaps a bit of watch spotting on the red carpet – we thought it was as good a time as any to rewind this classic Reference Points article and video. Whether you think you know your vintage clone Rolex references like the back of your hand or you’re wondering why Mr. Newman loved this particular luxury replica watch so much, this is can’t-miss reading and viewing.