Paul Newman, as HODINKEE readers probably know, was both a renowned actor and a professional racing driver, who famously prompted his wife to gift him a Rolex Daytona to time his laps. He actually owned several versions of the Daytona chronograph, including one with an exotic dial that was later nicknamed after him (and which would go on to become one of the most collectible, as well as enthusiastically faked,to ever exist).
So what is the connection between Paul Newman and a blue-dial Omega Speedmaster that just came up for sale? This very Speedmaster was actually a Christmas gift from Paul Newman to a member of his racing team almost 20 years ago. It is still in an untouched condition and comes with something very special.