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Streaming platforms are the reason for SAG-AFTRA’s long strike, but no one can deny that the one good thing streaming has done is democratized cinematography and brought the stars of the big screen into our homes. One of those stars – and the greatest of all time – is Sylvester Stallone.
Sylvester Stallone is one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood: an ’80s legend whose name became synonymous with the action movie hero. He has recently enjoyed a resurgence at the box office thanks to films that played heavily on ’80s nostalgia, such as The expendables. As of November 3, 2023, Stallone will be the star of his own Netflix documentary, simply titled Cunning.
Unlike the typical action movie guy, Sly has countless layers, and that probably explains the longevity of his career in an industry that isn’t exactly known for. not be fickle. Hollywood is a cutthroat industry where you can easily be replaced if you step out of the spotlight for more than a few years and where those who don’t fit into certain molds don’t stand a chance.
Throughout his decades-long career, Stallone was both things, and this underdog theme is properly explored Cunning.
It turns out that Stallone is also a very savvy businessman with a real estate portfolio that would make other celebrities feel poor by comparison, an accomplished artist, a car enthusiast with an impressive collection and, perhaps most surprising of all, an astute watch. collector – and occasional watch designer.
We’ll focus on that last side of Stallone for now. So here are five of the most amazing timepieces that are (or once were) part of his enviable, multi-million dollar collection.
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona “Big Red” Ref. 6263 – $100,000
Sylvester Stallone’s collection is packed with Rolexes in different styles and from different production eras. His most impressive Rolex, however, is a vintage example that also happens to be one of the most coveted models in the entire series, as it is one of the last manually wound Rolexes: the Cosmograph Daytona ‘Big Red’, which typically sells for around 50 euros is for sale. $100,000.
In production between 1971 and 1987, the 6263 was introduced simultaneously with the 6265, distinguished by its black Paul Newman dial. It features a 727 caliber and a 37mm stainless steel case with a black tachometer bezel with the large red “Daytona” inscription above the six o’clock subdial.
A classic men’s racing watch in every sense of the word, this vintage Rolex Daytona fits perfectly on Sly’s wrist, which will almost always overshadow a less sturdy example. The character of the timepiece also fits perfectly with the man who does not do this alone play tough guys on the big screen, but that’s what it’s like in real life too.
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1300A – $1 million-$1.4 million
The Patek Philippe 5711 is often called the “holy grail” of watches, because it is very rare, very elegant and… a Patek Philippe. Unlike modern timepieces covered in diamonds and gold, this watch is what you call a “simple” steel sports watch, but this is a rare example “simple” also right “super expensive.”
Stallone’s collection includes several Patek Phillips because, as we have already established, the man has an eye for valuable collectibles. Patek Phillipe is a watchmaker that not only delivers exquisite craftsmanship, but also produces very few units per year compared to its peers. For example, while Rolex would produce 1 million units per year for a given model, Patek Phillipe only makes a maximum of 60,000 units in the same time frame, and that naturally drives up prices.
The 5711 Nautilus was introduced in 1976 and high prices were part of the marketing strategy. Dubbed “one of the world’s most expensive watches made of steel,” it’s seen several iterations over the years – and Sly himself has several.
He has the 5711/1A with the blue dial and octagonal stainless steel bezel that retails for $170,000, but he also owns the diamond version, the 5711/1300A released in 2007, with an olive green dial and diamonds around the bezel and which is for sale for $1.4 million.
Montegrappa Chaos Gold – $76,500
This may be the most polarizing entry on this list, but that doesn’t mean it lacks merit: the Montegrappa Chaos, described by the Italian press as ‘The worst thing to happen to Italy since Mussolini’ is a limited edition piece both inspired by and designed by Stallone. It all started with a pen he designed with Montegrappa for use on the former’s set Consumables movie.
Montegrappa designed the pen for Sly’s Barney character, but sensing a market, he eventually released it as a limited edition. This culminated in an extensive collaboration with other writing instruments and the Chaos Watch, offered in sterling silver, gold and enamel, and 18k gold, for a total of 399 pieces.
The Chaos Automatic Analogue Wristwatch stood out because of the handmade case with skulls, lizards and snakes, behind which the reliable automatic movement ETA 2824 was hidden. Measuring 54 x 43mm in diameter, the Chaos was anything but subtle: big and flashy, it immediately stood out and stuck. there with the intricate work of the intertwined snake bodies and the oversized leather belt.
Taken out of context, Chaos made no sense, and was harshly criticized by those who did it. But if you look at it as a connection for The expendables cinematic universe, it’s actually a daring collector’s item – although probably the kind you’d rather keep at home, behind a glass cabinet.
Panerai Luminor 5218-201/a – $214,200
This is the most obscure entry on the list and perhaps the most intriguing. Sylvester Stallone is actually credited with putting Panerai on the map, turning it from an obscure luxury watchmaker into a favorite with A-listers. Today’s stars known for owning such a timepiece include Tom Cruise, Ben Affleck, Jason Statham and Russell Crowe.
But before them there was Sylvester Stallone. In the late 1950s, Panerai ended a long and successful partnership with Rolex, and business declined as a result. When Sly chose to wear a Luminor 5218-201/a in the 1996 film Daylight, no one else in Hollywood wore one. Legend has it that Stallone had purchased the watch during a trip to Italy prior to the start of production and loved it so much that he wanted it to be part of the Kit character in the film.
In 2020, that same Luminor piece sold at auction for $214,200, accompanied by a signed letter from Stallone and photographic evidence of the timepiece’s superb quality.
Richard Mille RM 25-01 – $1 million
Let’s end this with a bang! Like the other entries on this list, Sly owns several pieces by Richard Mille. But this is the most striking of the whole bunch, not least because it was designed by and for Stallone himself. When it was introduced in 2019, Richard Mille said it was a piece of clothing that Rambo would wear.
Photo: Richard Mille
Not only that, but it could save his life.
The RM 25-01 Tourbillon Adventure Watch was made in just 20 pieces, and one of them immediately went to Sly as a thank you for participating in the creative process. Made with a TPT titanium-carbon case, the watch hides a tourbillon in the gears, a removable compass, level, torque, chronograph and power reserve indicator, and also features two interchangeable bezels depending on whether you uses it as a watch or as a watch. compass.
As for its life-saving properties, these come from a sealed compartment containing five water purifying capsules, allowing you to make five liters of water drinkable within 30 minutes to two hours. Not bad if you’re ever in a Rambo-esque scenario, right? At least, as long as you only have €1 million to spend on a watch.
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