With a starting bid in the six-figure range, Marlon Brando’s Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 1675, which he wore in “Apocalypse Now,” without a bezel, could become the most expensive bezel-less Rolex watch ever sold. Not to mention, potentially realizing the highest price ever for a GMT-Master.

Admittedly, a GMT-Master without a bezel is not very attractive – especially when the bezel is such an integral part of the watch both aesthetically and functionally – but there’s a precedence of a Rolex with a missing bezel selling for over a million, just last year actually. A Ref. 6538 Submariner from 1956 sold at Christie’s in 2018 for $1,068,500 – sans bezel. To date, this is the most expensive Rolex Submariner ever sold.

Marlon Brando's Rolex GMT-Master Hands-On
Marlon Brando’s Rolex GMT-Master Hands-On

In the world of vintage watches, auctions houses – particularly Phillips and Christie’s – have proven time and time again, that astronomical, previously unimaginable final selling prices are possible. When you mix celebrity provenance, with vintage Rolexes, the result can often be record-breaking.

Read our original article about the Marlon Brando “Apocalypse Now” Rolex GMT-Master.

Marlon Brando's Rolex GMT-Master personalized casebackk
Marlon Brando’s Rolex GMT-Master personalized caseback
Posted by:Jason Pitsch

Jason Pitsch is the Founder of Professional Watches. He appreciates good craftsmanship 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: watchmaking.