Paul Newman didn’t just wear Rolexes, he also gave them away. Sotheby’s is selling a pair of vintage luxury replica Rolex watches – a Daytona and a GMT-Master “Pepsi” – that were gifted by the actor to Hollywood stuntman and race car driver Stan Barrett. A third watch from Barrett’s estate, yellow gold 1:1 US replica Rolex GMT Ref. 1675 watches, is also included in the sale. It was gifted to Barrett by Anheuser-Busch CEO, August Busch, whose company sponsored the “Project Speed of Sound” event, where Barrett broke the land speed record in his Budweiser Rocket car in 1979. He was clocked at 739.66 mph, which made him the first man to travel faster than the speed of sound on land. Barrett was wearing both high quality Rolex fake watches gifted to him by Newman when he broke the record.
Barrett worked with several Hollywood leading men in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including Burt Reynolds, John Wayne, Dustin Hoffman and Hal Needham. He became close to Paul Newman while working as the actor’s stunt double for many of his most famous films, sharing a love of cars, racing and adventure that blossomed into a 40 year friendship.
The cheap Swiss replica Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi watches, with its iconic red and blue bezel, will be offered with an estimate of $50,000-$100,000 at the December 9 Sotheby’s sale in New York. The stainless steel Reference 6262 Rolex Daytona copy watches for sale is estimated at $300,000-$500,000. Following Barrett’s famous record-breaking race, Newman had the caseback of the GMT engraved to commemorate his friend’s accomplishment, with the inscription on the back reading “STAN BARRETT 739 MPH MACH 1.0206 12-17-79.” The yellow gold best fake Rolex GMT-Master Reference 1675 watches gifted to him by Busch is estimated at $50,000-$100,000. It is also engraved on the caseback with “Stan Barrett – Driver – Budweiser Rocket Car 739.66MPH December 17 1979.”
Barrett was something of a professional daredevil. Before he was a stuntman, he was a boxer, and then a race car driver. Today, he is a philanthropist. He worked with Newman and his Hole in the Wall kids foundation, and in recent years, devoted his time to charitable causes aiding children’s wellbeing. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these perfect Rolex super clone watches will benefit charitable causes. The three watches will go on view for the first time in Monterey, California from August 17-20 as part of Sotheby’s flagship Monterey auction, followed by an international tour with stops in Dubai, Hong Kong, Geneva and Los Angeles.