Typically in the Friday Wind Down we have ‘What happened?’, ‘What really mattered?’ and ‘The week in numbers’ subsections. Today I can answer all that in one word and one (long) number. Newman. $17,752,500. And no, I’m not talking about the above Newman.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know by now that Aurel Bacs auctioned off Paul Newman’s Paul Newman this morning, in New York, for a record-breaking $17,752,500 USD (including buyer’s premium and taxes).
It’s a watch that’s captured the hearts and minds of watch fans and novices alike — and also served as a near-perfect case study of the watch industry hype machine in action. We’re also pretty sure that getting a ‘regular’ vintage Daytona just became that much more expensive.
But it’s not all about a ridiculously expensive Rolex. At the saner end of the spectrum, Adam Savage (of MythBusters fame) posted a lengthy video with Vsauce’s Michael Stevens on a subject close to our heart … watches. And while the content is aimed at people who are pretty new to the whole watch thing, it’s always interesting to see how watch-nerd-civilians engage with our interest/hobby/obsession. And Adam, my only criticism of your engaging video is – I want to see the watches up close! Especially your modded Seiko!