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The magic combination of Hollywood legend/race car driver/philanthropist and a Swiss luxury watch brand has led to the most expensive Rolex ever sold at auction. Well, two more of Newman’s Rolex Daytonas are going to hit the auction block this summer. The pair consist of a one-off “Zenith” Daytona (ref. 16520) and a Daytona (ref. 116519). Newman received the “Zenith” in 1995 after winning in the GTS-1 class at the 24 Hours of Daytona. The caseback reads “Rolex at Daytona 24 Paul Newman Rolex Motorsports Man of the Year 1995”. The second watch, a white-gold chronograph from 2006, was a gift from his wife, actress Joanne Woodward. The caseback engraving states, “Drive Very Slowly Joanna.” The watches are expected to command upwards of a million bucks at RM Sotheby’s Important Watches auction in New York on June 9th.


Vaer has been one of our favorite watchmakers for as long as we can remember because they produce new, classic watches based on iconic designs. Case in point, the Vaer G5 Meridian watch you see here. This timepiece is a 1950s-inspired 20ATM automatic watch that’s USA-assembled, dual timezone, built with ocean-ready functionality, self-winding and the brand’s first true GMT (the latest version of their core dive watch design). What’s more, it pays homage to other watches that are incredibly more expensive or hard to come by whilst also adding new aspects that makes this Vaer G5 Meridian watch more desirable than the other options in our opinion.