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Sarah’s Mitsubishi Evo IX MR
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The Blaupunkt A 610 B Volkswagen Radio, 1949.

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Fuji Speedway, 2014

Bonnie’s .38 revolver which was a gift from Clyde. Engraved “To Bonnie, I owe you one. Clyde 2-28-32”.

Paul Newman - Rolex 6239 Daytona.
The story goes that in the mid-60s, actor Paul Newman appeared on a magazine cover (not this photo) wearing a Rolex 6239 Daytona, with the now fabled three-colour ‘exotic' dial. At the time these funky watches, with their art-deco font on the sub dials and red accents, were hugely unpopular compared to the 'standard' black/white Daytonas.
Oddly enough, no one alive today has honestly claimed to have ever laid their eyes on even a photo of this magazine cover. However, continuing on with the myth, Italian watch collectors at the time picked up on this cover of Newman and his exotic dial Daytona, and ever since- the value of these limited, but otherwise mechanically standard watches has exploded. So much so that counterfeited Paul Newman-dialed watches account for more than all other counterfeited Rolex dials in the world combined.
Given that many watches sat unsold on shelves for decades, and the chronological origin of many of the different reference numbers overlap, and the fact that the already limited number of original factory PN watches has been diluted by ‘frankenwatches- original Paul Newmans fetch ginormous prices. The most common watches trade for upwards of 80k, and those in the know would not flinch at the news of a rare piece fetching over seven figures. In fact an auction last year was held consisting of 50 Rolex Daytonas (Not limited to Paul Newman dials). The average watch selling price was $264,963, and a 1967 RCO Paul Newman Daytona pulled in a winning bid of $1,089,186.
To put it in relative automotive comparisons for you out there. The Rolex Daytona is very much the Ferrari 250 in the watch world. With the Paul Newmans being the fabled 250 GTO.
(Furthermore, the ‘Mayer’ dial 3ROC PN Daytonas (yes, meaning John Mayer) which has never actually been authenticated as a factory Rolex watch, is comparable to that one oddball Ferrari 250 GT SWB Breadvan going around).

(Sorry for random non-car post. Had an 8am macroeconomics lecture just now, and I completely wasted ALL two hours of it watch-nerding across the internet).