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Rolex Daytona owned by British racing legend appears at auction

Jim Russell’s Rolex Daytona 6239 ‘Paul Newman’, circa 1968 close

Sotheby’s Fall watch auction in London will be headlined with a Rolex Daytona 6239 ‘Paul Newman’ chronograph owned by British racing legend Jim Russell.

Mr Russell died at the age of 98 earlier this year after a lifetime winning races in his early life and later heading the world famous Jim Russell Racing Driving School in the UK, which he founded in 1965.

His Daytona, dating from circa 1968, is described by Sotheby’s as a prime example of the hottest vintage Rolex on the market and certainly one of the most recognizable watches in the world.

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“It was worn for 50 years by the racing driver and instructor and would have assisted him in the crucial task of calculating lap times with the highest precision,” the auctioneer adds.

It goes on sale with a pre-sale estimate of £60,000 to £90,000 ($73,500 to $110,000).

 

Formula 1 driver Derek Bell with Jim Russell wearing the Rolex Daytona.

 

Star watches in the Fall sale, described by Sotheby’s include:

 

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