Marlon Brando's Vacheron Constantin Watch Shows Up At Auction

Aug 27, 2009
The celebrities of the past used to present each other with engraved luxury watches as a sign of their affection and respect. Later on, the most attractive models were closely watched if they appeared at auction.

This tradition will be probably brought back by Antiquorum’s latest “Important Collectors’ Wristwatches” auction, where a 1954 Vacheron Constantin Ref. 4877 watch, gifted by Zsa Zsa Gabor to Marlon Brando will show up.

Sculptured in 18k gold, this model case incorporates a hand-wound movement. Mr Brando was given this timepiece as a present on the theatrical release of “On The Waterfront,” a movie bestowed with many prizes, with the best actor for Marlon Brando and the best picture among them. This award was an eloquent recognition of Brando’s acting talent.

The watch features an engraving, represented by the short message to Brando from Gabor and the date. Such timepieces are high regarded objects both for Vacheron Constantin collectors and those enthusiasts attracted to Hollywood items from a period in American Cinema, which seems to be more romantic and simple.

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