London auctioneer, Bonhams, has announced a sale of Michael Caine’s personal effects, including Michael Caine’s Rolex Oysterquartz.
This solid gold Rolex Oysterquartz Day-Date ref. 19018 has been on Caine’s wrist since the 80s and you can even see it clearly in his 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Caine quite likes this watch and those of its like as you can see a very similar yellow gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date President being worn by the actor in Get Carter and Sleuth.
The watch itself is in good nick. Not too many egregious scratches but a few chips on the crystal at six o’clock. You can tell that Caine has maintained the case and bracelet well over the years.
The Oysterquartz is interesting in itself as it was Rolex’s response to the Quartz Crisis (or Revolution depending on who you ask). Nowadays I doubt you would see a luxury watchmaker make a quartz watch unless they were making some kind of point.
This Rolex doesn’t look like anything Rolex have put out before or since. That’s thanks to its tonneau case, champagne dial, and this weird quasi-integrated bracelet. It truly is a unique watch.
Michael Caine’s Rolex is expected to sell for an estimated £8,000 – £12,000.
Michael Caine said of the auction,
Don’t worry about Caine’s finances either, that isn’t why he’s selling. He and his wife are simply looking to downsize and take “life at a more leisurely pace.”
The “Sir Michael Caine: The Personal Collection” auction will take place on March 2, 2022 at Bonhams on New Bond Street London.
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