The song on the Paul Newman Daytona Rolex watch

Watches and pop culture go hand in hand. They star in movies, they pair well with video game characters and every now and then they can even outshine the celebrities who wear them. But other than the high priced tracks which are verified in the rap lyrics, I couldn’t name a real watch song off the top of my head – until Brett Dennen comes along.

If you’ve never heard Dennen’s name before, he’s a Californian folk singer-songwriter who’s been walking around for quite a while, with his self-titled debut studio album released in 2004, and his seventh, titled See the world, just released this summer. There’s a lot to discover about the new 10-song release, but one track in particular caught the attention (or ear) of the Hodinkee watch blog: “Paul Newman Daytona Rolex”.

What is a song on one of the most famous watches in the world among tracks like “Kumbaya, Life Rolls On” and “Not A Free Country”? Hodinkee reached out to Dennen and understood the whole story behind the catchy and unexpected tune, which all started with an episode of what we can only assume to be the premier TV show for touring musicians, Antiques roadshow.

“There was an episode where a man walked in. He was a pilot in the 70s with a great look and a cool shirt. He said he bought this watch in the 1970s for a few hundred dollars when he was a pilot because it was the Daytona model and all pilots bought Rolex Daytona model watches, ”Dennen told Hodinkee . The $ 543 watch ended up being valued at $ 100,000.

“I thought it was phenomenal,” he said, adding, “Could this be a song? How could I write a song about it?”

Here’s the original clip from the series, which isn’t even a Paul Newman’s most famous appearance. The rest of the story is to take inspiration from a certain Paul Simon song and put the song aside for a while to find out its true meaning, beyond the mere watch.

Not that Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona is correct a watch. In fact, Paul Newman’s own Paul Newman became the most expensive wristwatch ever auctioned when it went on sale in 2017 (although it has since been eclipsed by a Patek Philippe).

If you can’t afford one of these coveted models, maybe you can take comfort in the fact that Dennen couldn’t get one either. At least now we have his song to cheer us up, and the rest of the album isn’t bad either.

Floyd N. Morlan