Reference 6541 Milgauss “Richard Petty’s Watch”
“Now this has a strange story. Iin 1958, Richard Petty was on a rocket to the top of the racing world. As a little gift for himself, he picked this 6541 up at a Jewelry store that my friend owns, still to this day. He wore it for a while, apparently while constantly fielding flack from his wife and others about how ugly they thought it was. So he returned it! It then sat in a box for god knows how long till I eventually bought it, not just for the story, but because I’d never seen a milgauss 6541 with that crazy woven dial, almost canvas like. Incredible watch.”
Impressive as this stuff is, Paul only showed us about 1/50th of his actual collection. Think about that for a second—it’s staggering. It wasn’t necessarily due to not wanting to show off some of the pieces, although he is a bit shy about some of them. (“Some of these I really don’t want people to know that I have. Us Rolex guys, we’re a...little passionate if you can’t tell.”) It’s mainly because his collection is strategically stashed all over the place in various secure locations. “I keep a few here, a few there—the collection has far too much value to me to be in one place. Not just financially, but some of these watches are so personally important to me that it would be an incredible loss if there were to be a fire or something.”
May we all find the time, energy, and resources to amassing the collections of our dreams. Cheers Paul, thank you for letting us into your vault!
Pro Tip: Bob's Watches has a vintage section where a few of the pieces you might find in a collection like Paul's are known to pop up. Check it out over at www.bobswatches.com