Marlon Brando's Rolex resurfaces

The GMT-Master worn by Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now has emerged from a family dresser drawer and will be auctioned off in December

Marlon Brando (left, on the set of Apocalypse Now) inscribed M. Brando on his Rolex GMT-Master's case himself using an electric engraver pen.
Marlon Brando (above, on the set of Apocalypse Now) inscribed M. Brando on his Rolex GMT-Master's case himself using an electric engraver pen.PHOTO: COURTESY OF PHILLIPS, MARY ELLEN MARK
Marlon Brando (left, on the set of Apocalypse Now) inscribed M. Brando on his Rolex GMT-Master's case himself using an electric engraver pen.
Marlon Brando (on the set of Apocalypse Now) inscribed M. Brando on his Rolex GMT-Master's case himself using an electric engraver pen.PHOTO: COURTESY OF PHILLIPS, MARY ELLEN MARK
Marlon Brando (left, on the set of Apocalypse Now) inscribed M. Brando on his Rolex GMT-Master's case himself using an electric engraver pen.
Marlon Brando (on the set of Apocalypse Now) inscribed M. Brando on his Rolex GMT-Master's case himself using an electric engraver pen.PHOTO: COURTESY OF PHILLIPS, MARY ELLEN MARK

Every art form has its lost masterpieces. Watches are no different.

The Omega Speedmaster that astronaut Buzz Aldrin wore on the Apollo 11 moon shot vanished on its way to the Smithsonian.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 02, 2019, with the headline 'Brando's Rolex resurfaces'. Subscribe