Sylvester Stallone Auctions Watches, Including Collecting's 'Holy Grail'

Stallone's exclusive watch collection hits the auction block soon

by Zain ul Abedin
Sylvester Stallone Auctions Watches, Including Collecting's 'Holy Grail'
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In a revelation that connects the glitz of Hollywood to the precision of haute horlogerie, Sylvester Stallone is set to part with a significant portion of his distinguished watch collection. This decision follows a passion for collecting that was ignited shortly after the actor rose to fame with his role in "Rocky." Stallone recounts an encounter with Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band, who inadvertently showcased a striking gold watch, sparking Stallone’s lifelong fascination with timepieces.

On June 5, a select 11 watches from Stallone's cache will be auctioned at Sotheby's in New York. The standout piece is the exceedingly rare Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime, anticipated to command a price as high as $5 million.

This watch is a marvel of craftsmanship and one of only seven ever produced, solidifying its status as the most complex wristwatch ever created by the esteemed watchmaker. The Grandmaster Chime is celebrated for its 20 complications, which extend far beyond the basic function of timekeeping.

Among these are five chiming mechanisms and a date repeater, which audibly announces the date and time—an epitome of mechanical sophistication that required over 100,000 hours to conceive, produce, and assemble. Reflecting on the rigorous process to acquire this masterpiece, Stallone shared his perseverance through numerous appeals and letters to Patek Philippe's board, underscoring his deep commitment to his collecting craft.

Additional Auction Highlights

Additional lots in the auction include a variety of significant watches such as a Patek Philippe Nautilus adorned with an olive-green dial and 32 Wesselton baguette diamonds, which is expected to draw bids up to $400,000.

The auction also features a commemorative Rolex from 2016, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the model which was the first to display day and date separately, anticipated to fetch around $50,000. Further highlighting the collection are several pieces from Audemars Piguet and Panerai, a brand Stallone has prominently supported and worn in films such as the 1996 thriller "Daylight." One particular Panerai model, exclusively crafted for Stallone and bearing a special engraving, is predicted to sell for up to $60,000.

This Sotheby’s event not only underscores Stallone’s status as a connoisseur of fine watches but also offers collectors a rare opportunity to own a piece of horological history intimately connected to one of Hollywood’s most iconic figures.

Each watch comes with unique memorabilia, including engraved presentation boxes and accessories, making it a true collectors' item beyond its mechanical allure.

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