Why Collectors Pay So Much For Watches Owned By The Rich And Famous

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Why Collectors Pay So Much For Watches Owned By The Rich And Famous

Words by Mr Simon de Burton

17 December 2020

Mr Steve McQueen wearing a 1969 Heuer Monaco during the shooting of his film Le Mans, June 1970. Photograph by Mr Bernard Cahier/Getty Images

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1991 Panerai Reference 5218-201/A, formerly owned by Mr Sylvester Stallone

Mr Sylvester Stallone in Daylight (1996). Photograph by Universal Pictures/Alamy. Watch photograph courtesy of Phillips

02.

1969 Heuer Monaco Reference 1133, formerly owned by Mr Steve McQueen

Mr Steve McQueen in Le Mans (1971). Photograph by mptvimages/eyevine. Watch photograph courtesy of Phillips

03.

1948 Patek Philippe Reference 130, formerly owned by Mr Joe DiMaggio

Mr Joe DiMaggio recording The Joe DiMaggio Show in New York, c.1950. Photograph by Hulton Archive/Getty Images. Watch photograph © Christie’s Images Limited 2017

04.

1954 Patek Philippe Reference 2497, formerly owned by Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia

Emperor Haile Sellassie Of Ethiopia, 1975. Photograph by Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis via Getty Images. Watch photograph © Christie’s Images Limited 2017

05.

1968 Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Reference 6239, formerly owned by Mr Paul Newman

Mr Paul Newman at a fundraiser at Madison Square Garden, New York , June 1972. Photograph by Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images. Watch photograph courtesy of Phillips

06.

1972 Rolex GMT-Master Reference 1675, formerly owned by Mr Marlon Brando

Mr Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now (1979). Photograph by Zoetrope/Entertainment Pictures via ZUMA Press. Watch photograph courtesy of Phillips

07.

1960 Omega, formerly owned by Mr Elvis Presley

Mr Elvis Presley arrives in Miami, Florida, 1965. Photograph by NBCUniversal via Getty Images. Watch photograph courtesy of Phillips

08.

1935 Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, formerly owned by General Douglas MacArthur

Mr Douglas MacArthur in Ann Arbor, Michigan,1952. Photograph by Mr Joseph Scherschel/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images. Watch photograph courtesy of Antiquorum

09.

1946 LeMania chronograph, formerly owned by Sir Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill and family leaving for Switzerland in 1946. Photograph by Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images. Watch photograph courtesy of Sotheby’s

10.

1971 Rolex Cosmograph Oyster Albino Reference 6263, formerly owned by Mr Eric Clapton

Mr Eric Clapton performs live on stage at Ahoy in Rotterdam, Netherlands, April 1995. Photograph by Mr Rob Verhorst/Redferns/Getty Images. Watch photograph courtesy of Phillips

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