Sylvester Stallone's Rare Watch Auction Could Fetch Over $2 Million. Here's Why
What kind of watch does Rambo wear?
If that’s something you’ve ever wondered then, amazingly, you are not alone. It's a question that comes up as one of those 'People Also Ask' boxes generated when you Google anything to do with Sylvester Stallone and watches.
Because Sly is a watches man. He’s both a big watch fan and a fan of big watches. There are not many people who could pull off a Panerai Radiomir Egiziano, a watch that measures a whopping 60mm, without dragging their right arm along behind them. Sylvester Stallone is one of them.
Stallone has been in the watch game a long time. One observer suggests that he used that time to amass “almost every single [Rolex] GMT you could imagine, every single Sub you could imagine, almost every single Daytona you could imagine”. Indeed, even a sample of his Rolex collection is eye-watering. It includes a yellow gold 1608 Tiffany dial Submariner, a white gold GMT with diamonds and baguette-cut black precious stones, a yellow gold Daytona with a black diamond dial, and a platinum Daytona with a full pavé dial (who says men can’t wear diamonds?)
He is also in no small way responsible for boosting Panerai’s profile – the outsize Italian diving watch brand being a rather more niche concern before Stallone discovered it while filming 1996’s disaster romp Daylight in Rome. He not only bought a Panerai Luminor himself, he went on to commission a bunch of Luminor Submersible watches with ‘Slytech’ on the dial and his signature on the back.
Daylight saving hours: Stallone’s Panerai
Later, the ultra-exclusive Swiss brand Richard Mille returned the favor – co-designing a $1m tourbillon with Stallone that featured two interchangeable carbon bezels, one bidirectional daytime bezel with a 24-hour scale, and a second with a with a compass built in, with a lid made of Grade 5 titanium. Additionally, there was a spirit level encased in titanium and a hermetically sealed compartment that held five water purifying capsules. The appropriately named RM 25-01 Tourbillon Chronograph Adventure Watch was limited to a run of 20.
Action! The adventure-centric Richard Mille RM 25-01
Both the Panerai watch and the Richard Mille watch will go up for sale in New York on 12 December, as part of Racing Pulse, the auction hosted by Phillips that has already made headlines for featuring unique watches owned by Paul Newman and Steve McQueen.
They will be joined by three more from Stallone’s Richard Mille collection: a RM052-01 Tourbillon Skull TZP Nano-Ceramic, featuring a skeletonized movement with a pink gold skull in its center that exists in a run of 30; a RM059-91 Yohan Blake “Beast” Tourbillon, made of futuristic materials so lightweight that Blake could wear it while competing in 100m competitive sprinting, limited to a run of 50 and a RM032-T1, a 50mm titanium diving watch worn by its owner in the movie The Expendables 3.
Boney RM: the RM052-01
Cool runnings: RM052-01
Estimates run from a low of $40,000 for the Panerai Luminor to a high of $700,000 for the skull-faced Richard Mille. Between them these five watches could bring in more than $2m.
“Now if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what your worth,” as Rocky once said.
Or “Don’t push it!” as Rambo did.
The watch John Rambo wore, by the way, was a Carl F Bucherer Patravi Scuba Tec Black Manta.
One for the next auction, maybe.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.