Golden Couple
Sir Michael and Lady Shakira Caine Watches Star at Bonhams

Sir Michael and Lady Shakira Caine (one of a collection of
three black and white photographs, circa 1970s, of Sir Michael Caine and Lady Shakira Caine, offered in the sale)

A pair of gold wristwatches belonging to Sir Michael and Lady Shakira Caine will star in Bonhams forthcoming Sir Michael Caine: The Personal Collection Sale on 2 March 2022 at New Bond Street, London.

Top Sir Michael Caine's Rolex Oysterquartz Day-Date, Ref: 19018/19000, circa 1979, estimate £8,000 – 12,000; Lady Shakira Caine's Patek Philippe La Flamme, Ref: 4816/3, circa 1990, estimate £5,000 – 7,000

Sir Michael's 18k gold Rolex Oysterquartz Day-Date, (Reference: 19018/19000) which he has owned since 1979 and which appears in several films, most famously Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, takes the leading role, with an estimate of £8,000 – 12,000, while support is given by Lady Caine's circa 1990 Patek Philippe La Flamme, estimate £5,000 – 7,000.

The Oysterquartz offered represents Sir Michael's third notable foray into the world of Rolex, superseding his earlier Oyster Perpetual Day-Dates seen in Get Carter and Sleuth. Ever the trailblazer, Sir Michael acquired the Sunburst champagne dial Oysterquartz shortly after the watch was first launched in the late 1970s.

Sir Michael Caine by Steve Schapiro / Getty Images

Sir Michael has confirmed that he wore this watch during numerous roles but, perhaps, most famously as Lawrence Jamieson in the 1988 motion picture Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The gold bracelet can be seen nestled within Sir Michael's crisp white suit as he toasts with Steve Martin upon the promotional posters for the film. It was also his go-to off-duty timepiece as depicted in a portrait by celebrated American Steve Schapiro (via Getty Images Ⓒ) where Sir Michael can be seen sitting at home in LA, with cigar in one hand, wine in the other, wearing his iconic glasses and this wristwatch.

Lady Caine's Patek Philippe La Flamme is an early example of the model (Reference: 4816/3) featuring a cream sigma dial with diamond set hour makers and a diamond set bezel. Demonstrating the high level of watchmaking that Patek is renowned for, attention to detail runs throughout the design of this piece, down to the unusually engraved hands. No wonder that this watch attracted the discerning eye of Lady Caine, renowned for her elegance and effortless style, and has been the perfect adornment on her wrist on many occasions.

The timepieces are being offered along with an array of items reflecting the breadth of Sir Michael's career, from movie posters, to works of art and fine art and his iconic spectacles. Two further watches are offered, representing his later career:

Circa 1990 Breitling Navitimer, Reference:80360/E56059. Estimate £700 - 900

Circa 1990 Breitling Navitimer, Reference:80360/E56059. Estimate £700 – 900. Originally launched in 1985, Sir Michael Caine was an early fan of the Breitling Aerospace titanium analogue and LCD digital display bracelet watch, which was a common sight upon his wrist in the 1990s and early 2000s as one of the most worn watches within his collection. The Breitling Aerospace was on Sir Michael's wrist in 2008 when he was quite literally, cemented into history signing his name and placing his hand and footprints into the 'Forecourt of the Stars' outside the legendary Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Circa 2000 Traser H3 Black Storm Pro, estimate £100 – 150

Circa 2000 Traser H3 Black Storm Pro, estimate £100 – 150. The Traser brand, introduced in 1989, supplied timepieces primarily to the US Army. This carbon fibre military style carbon calendar wristwatch appeared on Sir Michael's wrist circa 2005 and was worn by him at that year's London premiere for the Batman Begins film in which he played Alfred, Batman's butler.

The Sir Michael Caine: The Personal Collection Sale will take place as a live auction in Bonhams flagship London saleroom in New Bond Street on Wednesday 2 March at 17.00 GMT. Pre-sale viewings of all lots are as follows:

26 Feb 2022 11:00 - 15:00 GMT
27 Feb 2022 11:00 - 15:00 GMT
28 Feb 2022 09:00 - 16:30 GMT
1 Mar 2022 09:00 - 16:30 GMT
2 Mar 2022 09:00 - 17:00 GMT

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