The classic watch featured in the legendary movie ‘Apocalypse Now’ will be auctioned in the New York City this winter. Worn by Marlo Brando, the iconic Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 1675 watch was long assumed to have been lost, but it resurfaced. Now, Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo will put the timepiece up for auction. However, the watch is exceptional as it comes with hand-engravings in its case back, flaunting the actor Marlo Brandon’s name. Thus, you can expect the watch to fetch price quite well in the six figures.
Marlo Brando’s Rolex watch is simply the GMT-Master reference 1675 with a classic matte dial. What added to the ruggedness of the watch is the engraving ‘M. Brando’ on its case back. Interestingly enough, Brando is known to do the engraving himself using a simple carving pen.
Although the engraving looks virtually rough, it suits the timepiece perfectly. However, the timepiece comes with a black strap that is quite similar to the strap that the actor wore in the film.
Marlo Brando purchased the Rolex GMT-Master reference 1675 in the 1970s. He wore the watch throughout the movie ‘Apocalypse Now’ of Francis Ford Coppola. In the film, he played the role of Colonel Walter E. Kurtz – a former Green Beret who operated his military unit in Cambodia during the Vietnam War.
However, Brando was told to remove his timepiece during filming. But he refused. The iconic actor just removed the bezel and created a truly distinctive look for the GMT-Master.
The missing story of this classic reference and its rediscovery are quite familiar to each other. The legend says that in 1955, Marlo Brando gifted the Rolex GMT-Master watch to Petra Brando Fischer, his adopted daughter. Then in 2003, Petra Brando gave the timepiece to her husband, who stored the watch safely as a family heirloom. It is known that the watch remained in a sock drawer for many years.
While the Paul Newman Daytona got sold in 2017, Fischer decided to bring the watch into the light as she realised she had something indeed special with her. Fisher said to the New York Times that she just felt like the timepiece is lost in their drawer.
Although it is pretty difficult to guess the sum that the watch will fetch, the unique GMT-Master is at least sure to command colossal attention and interest.
However, the Rolex GMT-Master ref 1675 will be sold at the auction ‘Game Changers’ without a bezel and on a rubber strap (like it was worn by Brando). The watch is known to be in a well-preserved state, flaunting luminescent hands and hour markers aged in the beige shade.
Moreover, it is worth to note that a portion Marlo Brando’s Rolex GMT-Master watch will be donated to a charitable foundation meant for abused children.
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