Marlon Brando's 'Apocalypse Now' Rolex Is Going Up for Auction
If there were any doubts that
That circus is running strong, too. There are three watches that are making major news this month. That
Marlon Brando's Apocalypse Now watch is going up for auction.
It is Philips (again, in association with Bacs and Russo) that will drop the gavel on another memorable Rolex December 10 in New York. This time, it’s a Rolex GMT, owned for some 20-odd years by Marlon Brando. It's one of the star lots in Game Changers, an auction devoted to watches owned by a raft of maverick men.
Brando’s ownership in itself would be enough in current climes to likely garner six figures at auction. But add to this provenance the fact that Brando wore it 1979’s Apocalypse Now suggests far higher numbers come auction night.
The story goes that Brando had been told he couldn’t wear it on film, as it was too distracting. But he removed the bezel (which holds the crystal of the watch in place) and wore it anyway. The watch will be sold bezel-less. We don't know when or how Brando decided to etch his name into the steel
Tag Heuer drops a new version of the Monaco automatic chronograph.
Tag Heuer’s iconic Monaco automatic chronograph celebrates
To date, square-shaped watches had been rare and largely limited to slim dress watches. The case was developed by case supplier Piquerez, and it appealed to Jack Heuer because it was patented fully waterproof, making it perfect for a rough-and-tough tool watch. But it was the insides of the Monaco that got the nerds most excited.
Both Zenith and Heuer (as it was then known) had been locked for months in the watch world’s own space race, attempting to create the first self-wound movement powerful enough to drive a chronograph. The crown positioned out of the way at the unorthodox 9-o’clock position underlined that it wouldn’t need winding… because it was an automatic. At the time,
In 1995, however, Jack Heuer reissued the watch in a redesigned version. A new generation of watch lovers took to it immediately, and Tag Heuer has since made updated and experimental Monacos, alongside its Carreras and Autavias, a backbone of its roster.
This month, the third of a series of five special editions of
Unimatic drops a highly limited, NASA-inspired U1-SP.
Unimatic is a small-batch watchmaker out of Milan that has earned itself an underground cachet in the past year. Its USP is meaty automatic watches at decidedly
If resale price is a guide to the brand’s cachet, eBay occasionally has early examples for almost three to four times their original price. This U1-SP, out tomorrow, is limited to just 50 examples. It's selling at 650 euros, plus VAT exclusively from unimatic.com.
It’s rather special, this one. It's inspired by the space pioneers of NASA, and it carries the classic “worm” logo first created by Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn in 1975, giving it a very cool '70s-'80s vibe. The watch comes in a white Cerakote, which gives the case a patina akin to
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