04.05.2018 - News

Watch Auctions: Russell Crowe ‘The Art of Divorce’

This weekend, Sotheby’s Australia will host an auction on behalf of the famous actor, Russell Crowe. The Hollywood legend has starred in films like Gladiator (2000), Les Miserables (2012) and Cinderella Man (2005), however it seems that his marriage hasn’t been flourishing as much as his film career.

In an effort to move on from his divorce and enjoy a ‘fresh start’ the actor has decided to auction off a variety of film, sports and music memorabilia, as well as his enviable art, jewelry and watch collection.

Around 227 items are to go under the hammer on Saturday 7th April, and 28 of them are some good looking wristwatches. We’ve decided to find some light in this somewhat depressing auction and have picked out our favourite Rolex timepieces from the catalogue.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona ref. 16528 (Lot 207)

The Daytona has experienced a huge amount of success over the past few years. Following the sale of Paul Newman’s original Daytona, collectors have been on the hunt for a rare and unique model. This particular piece features an 18-carat yellow gold case and bezel with a tachymeter scale. The black dial exhibits gold applied hour markers with luminescent inserts and three chronograph sub dials.

Russell Crowe stated that he purchased this piece to celebrate the success of a significant business venture; founding a company that has gone on to part own the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

For a detailed description and watch specifications, click here.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Platinum Cellini ref. 5241/6 (Lot 217) 

The next piece is a personal favourite of mine, the Platinum Cellini. The beautiful Cellini collection from Rolex never fails to amaze me. Everything about this watch, from the elegant ‘Cellini’ font, to the stunning ice blue silvery dial, gives off the perfect mixture of traditional and contemporary style. The watch exhibits a polished platinum case and features a silvery dial with baton hour markers and a separate seconds sub dial at 6 o’clock.

Crowe acquired this piece to mark another milestone in his life, the shooting of one of his most memorable films, ‘American Gangster’ in 2007. It seems each of the star’s watches marks a significant achievement in his life!

For a detailed description and watch specifications, click here.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 40 ref.16622 (Lot 203)

Another watch from Russell Crowe’s immense collection is this bi-metal Yacht-Master 40. The automatic Rolex features a stainless steel case, bi-directional platinum coated bezel and stainless steel Oyster bracelet. The sporty watch has since been discontinued, and is currently the only Rolex to feature a platinum sandblasted bezel. Although it wasn’t majorly successful when it first came to the market, you can’t deny, it’s a pretty good looking watch.

Crowe purchased this piece after filming ‘Master & Commander’ in 2003. An appropriate piece for the occasion, since the film is about the tales of a ship attempting to chase down an enemy in open waters.

For a detailed description and watch specifications, click here.

Each watch comes with it’s original box and papers, and a personal message from the legend himself. Something tells me that the varied collection will meet, if not, exceed original estimates.

For a closure look at the lots up for sale this weekend (including those seen above), click here.