Today's offering showcases this very fine and cool Swiss antique timepiece owned and used by comedy legend Steve Martin.
It has a lovely Art Deco purse style design and is housed in a charming sterling silver case that bears hallmarks from Birmingham, England in 1934.
The centerpiece of the watch is it gorgeous guilloche textured black dial with luminous markers and hands.
Powering it is a quite high quality Swiss movement made by Sapho of Geneva, complete with two adjustments for more accurate timekeeping. Its quality is on par with Omega and other similar Swiss firms.
It is in all-original condition and we have left it cosmetically untouched just as we received it. When we acquired it, the movement was in need of some restoration work so two of our Master Watchmakers spent nearly a year restoring the movement of this special watch to breathe new life into it (restoration value $995).
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.
Also accompanying it is a print off of a Certificate of Authenticity and Provenance from a well-known auction house. Steve Martin:
Steve Martin is one of Hollywood's most iconic and beloved comedians. Extremely talented and creative, his multifaceted gifts have brought him success not only as a comedian, but also as an actor, musician, writer, and producer. In his five decade career, he has been awarded five Grammy awards and a Primetime Emmy Award as a writer for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour". He was also nominated for two Tony Awards for his musical "Bright Star."
He received the coveted Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, an AFI Life Achievement Award, as well as the Kennedy Center Honors. In addition to these legendary achievements, he was ranked #6 in Comedy Central's llist of the 100 greatest stand up comics of all time.
He jumpstarted his career by writing for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Tour in which he won his Primetime Emmy Award. He then segued into stand up comedy, becoming a regular on "Saturday Night Live", and performing in many national tours and sold out theaters. Retiring from stand up comedy in the 80's, Steve became a Hollywood blockbuster actor, starring in many famous and classic films, many of which he co-wrote, such as "The Jerk", "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid", "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels", Parenthood", and the "Father of the Bride" films.
He has slowly been focusing his career more in the music industry both recording and touring and had the rare distinction of winning a Grammy award for both his comedy and his music. He favors his banjo and has been known to perform with Earl Scruggs, a famous bluegrass act. He won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance and also received a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass album for his first solo music album.
In the last few years, he has frequented alongside another fellow comedian, Martin Short, on several comedy tours. Most recently they performed "An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life" around the country which received three Primetime Emmy Award Nominations. He continues to also work in television, and his new series that he co-created and starred in, "Only Murders in the Building", has also earned a number of nominations for multiple awards. Our new Celebrity Collection:
I'm excited to have launched a collection that is composed of 72 watches owned or worn by 38 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 watches and clocks 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, Burt Reynolds, Betty White, Olivia Newton-John, Bob Hope, Greta Garbo, and Mickey Rooney.
Legendary musicians Johnny Cash, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, 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, 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, Academy award-winning actresses Loretta Young and Doris Day, Emmy award-winning actress Valerie Harper, renowned illusionists Siegfried & Roy, 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 throughout 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 origin: Switzerland
Manufacturer: Sapho of Geneva
Date made: 1934
Case no.: S4158
Setting type: Stem wind, stem set
Case Material: Sterling silver
Case design: Opens, closes, and holds the watch upright for display.
Case thickness: 11.5mm
Case diameter: 1.5 inches (38mm)
Case condition: Honest original condition with wear and light indentions throughout
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Subsidiary Seconds
Dial: Black with gorgeous sunburst guilloche design, luminous Arabic numerals, sunken dial for the seconds, original and untouched, excellent condition
Hands: Original, steel, luminous "pointed batons"
Movement type: Swiss made, nickel, fairly high grade with 2 adjustments for greater accuracy.
Crystal: Mineral glass, good condition
Serviced: Yes. When we acquired it, the movement was in need of some restoration work so two of our Master Watchmakers spent nearly a year restoring the movement of this special watch to breathe new life into it (restoration value $995).
Timing: Timed on a state-of-the-art computerized system.
Warranty: 1-year C.O.T. international 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.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; Certificate of Authenticity and Provenance from a well-known auction house.
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee