In 2017, Phillips New York sold Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona for $17.75m, making it the most expensive watch to be auctioned in North America. On December 10, that record could be broken when the auctioneer lifts the gavel on golfer Jack Nicklaus’s gold Rolex Day-Date “President”. Rolex presented it to the 18-time major winner as a gift in 1967, and it has been his constant companion since – either on his wrist or stashed in his golf bag, accompanying him as he marched from tee to tee. Launched in 1956, the Day-Date was the first watch to spell out the name of the day in full on the dial; Nicklaus’s version features tapered hour markers, reminiscent of the shape of a tee. All proceeds from the watch’s sale will go to the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, set up by the golfer and his wife in 2004.