Today's offering showcases this Gevril Avenue of America's massive mens stainless steel watch owned and well-loved by actor Martin Sheen. He also owned an 18K rose gold version of this watch, which he wore on the cover of WatchTime magazine and which we also own.
Sheen is an Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG award-winning actor best known for his leading role as Captain Benjamin Willard in Apocalypse Now, as U.S. President Josiah Bartlet in the television series The West Wing, and as Robert Hanson in the Netflix television series Grace and Frankie.
Mr. Sheen's Avenue of the America's watch features a massive stainless steel automatic movement with annual calendar and moonphase complications.
Made in a limited numbered edition of only 500 pieces in steel this watch is a rarity and is number 104 in the series.
Like New York City, the Gevril Avenue of Americas Moon Phase Annual Calendar 5030 has plenty of international flair, steeped equally in artistic tradition and modern refinements. Inspired by the Art Deco period, it captures the period's essence with its architecturally inspired motifs and bold, precise shape.
With an updated modern feel that blends a sense of history with current style, the watch offers a number of small artistic flourishes including a unique patterned guilloche dial with a highly stylized bold, scripted numerals display. Our photos had a hard time picking up the texturing on the dial.
The cathedral-style hands further the watch’s appeal. The prominent, geometric case ensures both wrist presence and a tailored look. For further comfort, the massive rectangular case, which makes quite a statement and can't be missed on the wrist, is slightly curved so that it wraps nicely around the wrist.
According to Gevirl, the "Avenue of Americas timepieces have been the brand’s flagship model ever since watch industry insider Samuel Friedmann acquired the historic Swiss company in 2001. Based on a case design that was discovered in Gevril’s historical archives, the iconic Avenue of Americas Collection is unmistakable. By combining a classic art deco design with sophisticated refinements like a curved anti-reflective sapphire crystal, a beautiful beveled dial and hand painted applied numbers in a variety of fashion forward colors, the Swiss made Gevril Avenue of Americas has become a modern American classic."
One of the coolest things about the watch is that it was well-worn and loved by Mr. Sheen. The original alligator band show signs of much regular wear.
The watch itself remains in excellent condition with normal signs of wear. We have not cleaned it since receiving it, so it still has bits of dirt, etc. The only overhauling we did was to have one of our Master Watchmakers disassemble the complicated movement down to the last screw and fully service it making it ready for immediate enjoyment and years of future use ($995 value). Cosmetically, we left it just as Mr. Sheen had it.
It is running extremely strong and true, keeping time on par with a brand new watch.
Accompanying the watch are its original box and booklet. Quite geniusly, the watch box also functions as a watch winder, so the watch remains ready to wear at a moment's notice without needing to be wound or to have the many complications reset.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function.
Accompanying it is a Certificate of Authenticity and Provenance from a well-known auction house, a Certificate of Authenticity from Connoisseur of Time, and a new Connoisseur of Time timing certificate attesting to its performance.
The original retail price for the watch was over $7,000.00 + tax in the mid-2000's.
Martin Sheen: A life of Art and Impact:
Martin Sheen, born Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez on August 3, 1940, is a highly acclaimed American actor with a remarkable career spanning several decades. Known for his exceptional talent and versatility, Sheen has left an indelible mark on both the big and small screens.
Sheen's career began to flourish with his breakthrough performances in notable films such as "The Subject Was Roses" (1968) and "Badlands" (1973). It was his portrayal of Captain Benjamin Willard in the epic war film "Apocalypse Now" (1979) that garnered him widespread recognition and critical acclaim. The role earned him a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor and solidified his status as a formidable talent in the industry.
In addition to his film success, Sheen's portrayal of U.S. President Josiah Bartlet in the television series "The West Wing" (1999-2006) further elevated his career. The role earned him numerous accolades, including a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild awards. Sheen's magnetic presence on screen and his ability to bring complex characters to life have made him a beloved figure in the entertainment industry.
Throughout his illustrious career, Sheen has collaborated with esteemed directors such as Richard Attenborough, Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, David Cronenberg, Mike Nichols, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Oliver Stone, among others. His commitment to his craft and his dedication to delivering compelling performances have earned him the respect and admiration of his peers.
In recognition of his significant contributions to the industry, Sheen received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1989, cementing his place among the Hollywood elite. Beyond acting, Sheen has ventured into directing, helming the film "Cadence" (1990), which also starred his sons Charlie and Ramón. He has also lent his voice to narration, produced documentaries, and earned two Daytime Emmy awards in the 1980s for his work in documentary television.
Born and raised in the United States to a Spanish father and an Irish mother, Sheen adopted the stage name Martin Sheen to facilitate his acting career. In his personal life, he is the proud father of four children, all of whom have followed in his footsteps and become actors themselves.
Beyond his artistic pursuits, Sheen has been actively involved in liberal politics, lending his voice and support to causes he passionately believes in. He continues to use his platform to champion important social issues and promote positive change.
Martin Sheen's enduring talent, unwavering dedication, and commitment to his craft have solidified his place as one of the most respected and influential figures in the entertainment industry. With a career marked by exceptional performances and a commitment to making a difference, Sheen's legacy will continue to inspire generations of actors and artists to come.
Connoisseur of Time Celebrity Collection:
I'm excited to have launched a collection that is composed of 85 watches and clocks owned or worn by 43 iconic celebrities and public figures. It may be the largest current collection of celebrity-owned watches in the world. It will be constantly changing and is currently headlined by timepieces owned by some of the most legendary Hollywood actors and actresses, musicians, comedians, and entertainers:
The King, Elvis Presley. (Just sold)
The King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
The King of Comedy, Jerry Lewis.
The Artist Formerly Known as Prince
Hollywood icons Steve Martin, Red Skelton, Martin Sheen, Burt Reynolds, Betty White, Olivia Newton-John, Bob Hope, Greta Garbo, and Mickey Rooney.
Legendary musicians Johnny Cash, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, Janet Jackson, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, Kenny Rogers, Don Mclean, Leslie West, and Hank Williams, Jr.
Sports great and soccer legend Pelé, heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey, all-time soccer defender Daniel Passarella, Yankee great Lefty Gomez, and Green Bay Packer Mike Bucchianeri along with the game ball, signed photo and watch from the college football "all star" Blue Gray Game in 1940.
Further filling the current collection are watches from King Edward VIII and the Duchess of Windsor, beloved Hollywood host Ed Sullivan, renowned illusionists Siegfried & Roy, Academy award-winning actresses Loretta Young and Doris Day, Emmy award-winning actress Valerie Harper, Golden Globe winning actor Richard Chamberlain, Phyllis McGuire of the chart-topping McGuire sisters, Elvira Mistress of the Dark (Cassandra Peterson), fashion designer to the stars Nolan Miller, and a watch worn by multiple characters in the television series "For All Mankind."
It also includes rare watches given by heads of state: A prototype 18K gold Buren Microrotor gifted by His Royal Majesty Ibn Saud, former King of Saudi Arabia; a Felsa given by former Libyan Colonel and Head of State Muammar Al Qathafi; a Longines given by Highness Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa former Prime Minister of the State of Bahrain; a Baume & Mercier gifted by the King of Jordan. All three watches are new-old-stock in presentation shadow box frames with photos.
Recently sold was a watch given a handful of years after the Civil War concluded by the Vice President Elect to honor an Army commander who went on to receive the Medal of Honor.
This is a significant, exciting, and constantly changing new collection you won't want to miss! Stay tuned over the coming weeks for photos of other special pieces from the collection!
To view the first few already up for sale follow this link: https://shop.connoisseuroftime.com/collections/our-celebrity-owned-historical-event-watches?page=1&sort_by=created-descending
Country of Manufacturer: Switzerland
Model: Ref. 5030, Avene of Americas
Serial no.: 104 of 500
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Annual Calendar with Day, Date, Month, Moonphase, Subsidiary Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case material: Stainless steel
Case condition: Excellent condition with fairly light scratches and previous signs of wear. We have not cleaned it since receiving it, so it still has bits of dirt, etc. Cosmetically, we left it just as Mr. Sheen had it.
Dimensions: 34mm wide (excluding crown) by 52.6mm long lug tip to tip
Dial: Light silver with large steel applique styled Arabic indices, signed Gevril, apertures for the month, day, and phases of the moon, subdial for the seconds and date track mint condition
Movement type: Gevril caliber, Swiss-made ETA 2892-A2 with annual calendar module with moonphase, 25 jewels, solid gold rotor stamped with watch's limited edition number, visible through the exhibition sapphire back
Band: Alligator, original, signed Gevril, original Gevril tang buckle, in worn and stained but very serviceable condition
Crystals: Sapphire, mint condition
Serviced: Yes, one of our Master Watchmakers disassembled the complicated movement down to the last screw and fully serviced it making it ready for immediate enjoyment and years of future use ($995 value).
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. It is running extremely strong and true, keeping time on par with a brand new watch.
Warranty: 1-year international C.O.T. warranty. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts. One used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealership and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center and also has done authorized work for the Richemont brands including Cartier, Vacheron & Constantin, IWC, JLC and others.
Box/Papers: Yes, a complete set. Original box and booklet. Quite geniusly, the watch box also functions as a watch winder, so the watch remains ready to worn at a moment's notice without needs to be wound or to have the many complications reset.
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee