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“At the track, he would hand it to me to time the top three guys he was racing against. She loved simple, practical things – she wore a Timex herself – and it was the right choice of watch for Pop. This really aggravated Pop and so he had a three-piece suit made from old blue jeans to wear out for dinner.In pictures of him racing in the 1970s and 1980s, his sleeve is rolled up and the watch is visible but he is not posing. He would walk in and challenge the to say something.On 26 October 2017, the most sought-after wristwatch in the world will go on sale for the first time since it was originally bought by actress Joanne Woodward in 1972.Engraved on the caseback with the simple message “Drive Carefully Me”, the watch was a gift for her husband, Paul Newman.
“Today the world is in chaos, it needs a hero that represents humility, generosity and kindness and that is Paul. It brought it home how big the appeal of watches was.” Through mutual friends, Cox and Nell were introduced to Aurel Bacs in 2015 and suddenly everything seemed possible.
’ was one of our favourite discussions.” And, of course, Nell remembers well Newman’s love of cars and fast driving – another passion that he passed on to his daughter. “He had VW Bugs with hot Porsche engines that had no weight in the front, so were pretty dangerous.
One of his first race cars was a Triumph TR6 two-seater and he later imported a Triumph 4 door sedan which had a great power to weight ratio.
During their decade together, while Nell was indulging a life-long passion for the reintroduction of peregrine falcons in Vermont, Cox offered to restore a treehouse on the Newman family property in Connecticut.
Originally built in the 1960s, the maple tree that supported the treehouse had continued growing and squashed the structure, which took almost five weeks to rebuild.
He was authentic and that’s why he was cool.” Cox adds: “That’s why the watch is now a symbol of cool. People were touched by him – and, above all, Joanne picked a great watch! 6239 became everyday wear for Cox, who was oblivious to the fascination the watch world had for the piece and its current whereabouts. “When Paul gave it to me in the 1980s, it was a beautiful personal gift.