Today’s model is a perfect fake Rolex Day-Date. The acclaimed British actor teamed up with Bonhams this week to auction a collection of personal items garnered throughout his illustrious film career, and subsequently sparked a frenzied bidding war among collectors. All 183 lots on offer at Wednesday’s sale sold to realize roughly $1.1 million (£847,000) in full. The highlight was, of course, Cain’s personal Rolex super clone for sale, which shattered pre-auction estimates to set a new record for the model.
The Swiss made super clone Rolex UK in question is an 18-karat yellow gold Oysterquartz Day Date that the legendary leading man reportedly wore on-screen in several films, such as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and A Shock to the System. It was also his go-to off-duty fake watch, according to the auction house. Known officially as ref. 19018, it was originally expected to fetch between $10,500 and $15,800, but it attracted a number of aggressive bidders and ended up reaching $166,500. Bonhams says this is a new auction world record for this particular model.
“This was a fantastic result,” Jonathan Darracott, Bonhams Global Head of Watches, said in a statement. “The best 1:1 fake Rolex Oysterquartz was a groundbreaking watch cased in typical super clone Rolex style but it was really the stardust of Sir Michael Caine that captured the imagination of our bidders with frenzied bidding until the last two battled for the last few bids.”
Not just a top AAA super clone Rolex guy, Cain had other watches on offer that all eclipsed original estimates. The 88-year-old’s titanium Breitling Navitimer fake online, which was a regular fixture on his wrist in the late 1990s and early 2000s, hammered down for $14,300. It was initially expected to pull in between $927 and $1,191.