Sylvester Stallone’s perfect replica Panerai split-seconds chrono watch worn in The Expendables is up for auction
Sylvester Stallone is a well-documented watch collector, and pieces of his going up for auction are by no means an entirely new phenomenon. But, when high quality replica watches from famous individuals hit the mainstream auction block – Phillips, Sotheby’s, and Christie’s – there is a lot of marketing and PR behind those lots and they inevitably get a lot of attention and bids. With a lesser-known website like Propstore Auction, which regularly auctions off film costumes, props, etc., however, things can slip a bit more under the radar. If of interest, Sylvester Stallone wore his personal 1:1 fake Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta Rattrapante ref. PAM00332 in the first-ever The Expendables (2010) film. And, as luck would have it, that watch is up for auction right now.
The 44mm luxury fake Panerai, encased in PVD-coated brushed stainless steel, was introduced in 2009. To be honest, I am surprised he was able to wear the watch in the film unless he got access to the piece before it was formally released considering the film was released in 2010. A large and legible 100-metre water-resistant watch, with a split-seconds chronograph complication, the aaa quality replica Panerai is actually a very apt and cool choice for his character Barney Ross to wear. At the time of its release in 2009, it was priced at US$14,500, quite a deal compared to the market at present where name-brand split-seconds chronographs would be priced higher. It was also a limited edition of 500 pieces, with Stallone’s top quality super clone watch bearing the number 96.
While there is plenty of time left in the auction, the lot closing on March 12, the starting bid is set less than the original retail price at US$12,500 with an estimate set at US$25,000 – US$50,000. Were someone able to acquire this Swiss movement replica Panerai at the low end of the estimate range, considering its provenance and relative rarity it would be quite a pick up for a collection – especially if the winner is a ‘Paneraisti’. Do keep in mind, however, that there is a buyer’s premium of 25% added to the final hammer price along with any applicable taxes.
Most of you will be familiar with the perfect fake Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz and the Datejust Oysterquartz. They were the successors of the Rolex Date ref. 5100 powered by the Beta 21 quartz movement. But while luxury replica Rolex was still developing the new movements for both models, the design of the case and bracelet was already complete.
That’s why best 1:1 replica Rolex created a small run of the Oyster Perpetual Date ref. 1530. The watch featured the new 36mm case and integrated bracelet and was powered by the brand’s caliber 1570. This automatic movement operated at a 19,800vph frequency and offered a 48-hour power reserve.
The aaa quality fake Rolex ref. 1530 was made from 1975 until 1977, and it is believed that only 1,500 pieces were ever produced. The top quality fake watches all came fitted with a silver dial. Over time, however, many of the dials discolored and developed a nice patina, resulting in both lemony-yellow dials and darker taupe-colored ones. The Oyster Perpetual Date ref. 1530 was also one of the first Rolex super clone watches online fitted with a sapphire crystal, making it even more interesting.
But above anything else, it’s all about combining the Oysterquartz looks with a mechanical movement. That combination is very tempting, offering a pleasing aesthetic with the joys of a mechanical movement. This is why we love this rare but very cool Swiss movement copy Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date ref. 1530. But expect to pay serious money for one as they go for roughly €15K–30K.
Up next is a watch that came into my possession rather spontaneously in mid-2023. It was a matter of the right time, the right place, and a more-than-right price. I must confess, I was always a bit curious about perfect replica Panerai. But having been exposed to the brand’s modern offerings at Watches and Wonders (and their respective prices), it didn’t feel like a brand that I was in a rush to get into.
However, having had a look at Gerard’s PAM00176 a few months before opened my eyes to the appeal of luxury fake Panerai’s past offerings. When I came across a deal too good to turn down, I decided to go for it. If I hated it, I knew that I could always sell it and, worst case, break even. But as it turns out, the fact that it was so different from all my other high quality replica watches made it stick.
The aaa quality replica Panerai arrived in June and spent almost all summer on my wrist. During these short-sleeved days, it was a perfect companion. It was a reliable timekeeper during my summer break in Spain, where its lack of running seconds was a welcome feature. I wore it during sweltering days on the beach as well as scuba diving 30 meters down to the wreck of a cargo ship turned contraband runner known as the Boreas. There’s something uniquely appealing to this copy watch, with its unmistakable case shape, enormous crystal, hand-winding caliber, distinctive locking crown, and the simplicity of the wonderful chocolate-brown dial. To me, the PAM00055 is Swiss movement fake Panerai perfection. Though it started as merely an opportunity to satisfy my curiosity, it has firmly established itself as a favorite.