“Among all Hollywood legends, Huntsman was privileged to count Paul Newman as a customer. So it was a logical step to ask another Huntsman customer, George Bamford, to give a Huntsman bespoke treatment to the famous Rolex Daytona, homage to Paul Newman” – Pierre Lagrange, Huntsman Chairman.
Pierre Lagrange, had been a keen enthusiast of Rolexes and Bamford Watches, being the owner of one of the very first editions of black submariners. Over the years, the Rolex Daytona ‘Paul Newman’ has become one of the most sought-after watches in the world. With the connection of Newman as a Huntsman client it seemed too significant to go unmarked and the idea of the Huntsman Rolex paying homage to Paul Newman was born.
Numerous designs were created and shared with a focus group including Huntsman customer and horology supremo Nick Foulkes and the choice was made for the simple design below.
Featuring Bamford Watch Department’s signature light grey Military Grade Titanium Coating finish, this Rolex Daytona has been modified with a Heritage-inspired design featuring Huntsman’s distinctive claret.
This modern Rolex Daytona 116520 has been modified to sport a classic design, with a black dial, printed batons and Paul Newman-style sub-dials in two striking colour ways. The Huntsman claret minute markers are printed in the unmistakable contrasting Paul Newman design and perfectly frame a watch face which is truly an echo from the past.
The name Bamford Watch Department is synonymous with uncompromising style and quality with the business based around the personalisation of various iconic sports watches from some of the major brands in the watch world.
The collaboration with Bamford watches makes perfect sense when looking at the craftsmanship involved in returning this Daytona to its highly stylish vintage appearance. The finer details made possible only by working with master craftsman, whose specialist knowledge keeps traditional manufacturing and production skills alive today; skills that echo Huntsman’s ethos. Not forgetting Bamford is a Huntsman himself.
The collaboration allows Huntsman to offer our clients something truly special, yet discreet. The watch becomes one’s own private luxury. “I am so proud to be working with one of Britain’s finest tailoring companies” said George Bamford, Founder of Bamford Watch Department. “ To be approached to combine the signature Huntsman claret with our Heritage Daytona timepiece has been a true honour”.
The Bamford Watch Department customisation is undertaken independently of the various watch brands such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Heuer etc. This means that while the original brands warranties are no longer applicable, your watch is covered by the Bamford Watch Departments own full five-year guarantee.
“I have been wearing the prototype for a few months, and was keen to see friends and watches enthusiasts looking at my wrist, to try see what this special, yet discreet Rolex was. No better validation for the wonderful work George’s team has done “ says Pierre Lagrange.
This timepiece has been created as a limited edition of one sample and 11 numbered personalised pieces in bespoke packaging. 11 of course to represent Huntsman’s iconic address on Savile Row, held for over 100 years.