Sylvester Stallone is much more than a bulging-muscled, tough-guy action hero. Among other examples of his sophisticated taste, his discovery of a Panerai watch in a shop in Florence led to the brand's transition from obscurity to worldwide prestige. It's a remarkable story, and now, that very watch which he famously wore in the 1996 film Daylight is going up for auction.
Stallone is an aficionado of art and Panerais, and also a prolific watch collector. Alongside that 44mm Panerai Luminor reference 5218-201/a, four of the actor's Richard Mille watches will also be offered as part of the Racing Pulse auction by Phillips on December 12, 2020. The auction also includes a Paul Newman Rolex Daytona and a Heuer Monaco worn by Steve McQueen in the movie Le Mans. You can see the full auction catalog here.
Though only 677 examples were made of this reference to begin with, this isn't just any Panerai Luminor Ref. 5218-201/A. It's the exact one that Sly wore in the movie that brought Panerai to the attention of the world.
Estimate: $40,000 to $80,000
What do you get when you mix the typically outrageous Richard Mille with Sylvester Stallone's Rambo character? This complicated horological insanity, apparently. The RM25-01 was built with input from the actor.
Estimate: $250,000 to $500,000.
This Richard Mille dive watch with a flyback chronograph is made of titanium and is 50mm wide. It was also worn in the film The Expendables III.
Estimate: $60,000 to $120,000
With its technical materials, a tonneau case shape, complicated movement and audacious design choices, this is classic Richard Mille. Made to be extremely lightweight for the Olympian Yohan Blake, only 50 examples were made.
Estimate: $300,000 to $600,000
This watch has a case made of ceramic and carbon nanotubes with a pink gold skull suspended in the middle. It wasn't in a movie, but it does belong to Sylvester Stallone and would stylistically fit right into one of the Expendables films.
Estimate: $350,000 to $700,000