This is Marlon Brando’s Rolex Datejust which was given to him after a 1973 best actor Academy Award for his role in The Godfather. The stainless steel vintage Rolex measures 31 mm and features a caseback engraved “Vito’s” and “MB,” a reference to his character “Don Vito Corleone.”

The watch was given by Brando to Academy Award-nominated designer Patricia Norris in 1976 after the pair developed a friendship and he told her that he wanted her to have the timepiece and that it “would fit her well.” A handwritten letter of provenance from the previous owner who purchased the watch after Patricia Norris passed away is included.

The Marlon Brand Rolex Datejust (Lot 10) was at $27,500 with 35 bids at the time this was written. Auction ends May 11th, 2019.

Bid at GWS Auctions.

Update: The final price was $40,000.

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Jason Pitsch is the Founder of Professional Watches. He appreciates good design and engineering in everything from architecture to automobiles to cameras to clothing. Yet his focus for the past decade has remained consistent on covering just one type of craftsmanship: watchmaking.