Nicolas Cage wears his very rare Rolex Holy Grail
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Nicolas Cage is constantly closing the distance between himself and the characters he plays in the movies. He once said to New York Times that he was on a literal quest for the grail, almost exactly like his character in national treasure. He plays (an exaggerated version of) himself in the next film The unbearable weight of massive talent. Cage on-screen and off-screen have another thing in common: they love Rolex watches. In 1992 Honeymoon in Vegas, Cage seems to like the brand so much that he wears three Rolex watches at once (which appears to be a Submariner and a Day-Date on one hand, and a Datejust on the other).
The Cage characters also have a fondness for using Rolex watches to get out of a traffic jam. In the 95s Leaving Las Vegas— which is not, believe it or not, the sequel to Honeymoon in Vegas—Cage walks into a pawn shop and sells his Rolex Daytona for $500. Woo, mate, that was a mistake: Rolex Daytonas are currently one of the most sought-after models by collectors, often fetching tens of thousands of dollars at auction. And in national treasure, Cage uses a Rolex Submariner as a deposit in order to borrow a $100 bill from a teller. “Here. I have this diver’s watch,” he says in the film. “It’s called a Submariner. I dive with it, it’s actually quite valuable.
Fortunately, there is at least one Rolex Cage preserved over the years: this impressive 1950s Rolex Moonphase reference 6062. The watch is known as the “Stelline” – or “little star” in Italian – because of the indexes star shaped. on the watch. The 6062 was only produced for three years, between 1950 and 1953, and the rarest of them all is the rose gold version that Cage has. Only about 50 have been made and of those just over a dozen have appeared in public, according to Christie’s. Rumor has it that Cage purchased the exact watch pictured above at a Christie’s auction in 2009 for 597,000 Swiss Francs (about $640,000 at today’s conversion rates).
Also this week, Chris Paul’s broken thumb does not prevent him from wearing his beautiful Rolex, and Samuel L. Jackson continues his commitment to Panerai.
Chris Paul’s Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
Chris Paul wears what collectors call the John Mayer Daytona. The watch got its name after its value rose after Mayer wore the watch on an episode of Hodinkeeit’s Talking Watches. When this reference was released in 2016, it did not disappear from the shops like almost all the other Daytonas in existence. But once the Mayer Effect set in, the watch doubled in value, going from $34,650 at retail to over $70,000 at secondary retailers. After Mayer, Jonah Hill bought this watch and it looks like Chris Paul did too. There’s a reason we call Mayer the most influential watch collector in the world.
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