Today's auction showcases this BVLGARI BVLGARI midsize unisex watch owned and worn by Richard Chamberlain, Golden Globe winning, and Emmy and Grammy nominated actor.
An actor and singer, who became a teen idol in the title role of the television show Dr. Kildare, his is also well-known for being the first to play Jason Bourne in the 1988 television film The Bourne Identity, as well as appearing in miniseries such as Shogun, The Thorn Birds, and playing many other roles. He also performed in musical theatre and classical stage roles.
Standing out from the Italian watchmakers other models is their BVLGARI BVLGARI wristwatch.
The firm states, "[It] is the real icon of the Bulgari watch assortment. Its pure and contemporary design, enhanced by the perfect cut of a cylinder and the double logo engraved on the bezel, is the essence of the very distinctive and sophisticated mood of this timepiece."
Our Certified Pre-Owned solid 18K gold BVLGARI BVLGARI 30 watch with original steel and 18K gold bracelet is 100% original down to all parts.
As a midsize watch it is well-suited for a man who doesn't have large wrists or for a woman looking for a midsize watch. Powering the watch is a quartz movement that never needs to be wound.
Besides being a high-end luxury watch, one of the cool things about this watch is its level of wear. This wasn't a "safe queen" - it was enjoyed by Mr. Chamberlain. Think of the events this watch has seen!
We have not polished the watch or done anything to the outside of it...we left it just as Mr. Chamberlain last used it which includes light scratches, a bit of dirt, etc.
The only overhauling we did was having one of our Master Watchmakers who used to be an authorized Rolex watchmaker and received training from Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center, install a new battery and perform any needed servicing on the movement to make it ready for immediate enjoyment.
One of our Master Watchmakers, who used to be an authorized Rolex watchmaker and received training from Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center, has installed a new battery and performed any needed servicing.
Included with the purchase is a two-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement.
Accompanying it is its listing from one of the world's largest and most respected auction houses and a Certificate of Authenticity from Connoisseur of Time.
Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to own one of Richard Chamberlain's personal watches.
Current retail price of the most similar Bvlgari Bvlgari watch (which is not solid 18K gold): $8,750.00 USD + tax.
Richard Chamberlain -
Richard Chamberlain is an American actor and singer who rose to fame in the 1960s and became widely recognized for his role as Dr. James Kildare in the television series "Dr. Kildare." Born on March 31, 1934, in Los Angeles, California, Chamberlain's passion for acting and singing became apparent early on in his life.
In the early 1960s, Chamberlain co-founded a theatre group called Company of Angels in Los Angeles, where he honed his acting skills. During this time, he also made guest appearances on various television shows, gradually making a name for himself in the industry. It was in 1961 that Chamberlain's career took a significant turn when he landed the role of Dr. James Kildare in the NBC/MGM television series of the same name. Co-starring alongside Raymond Massey, he gained widespread fame and captured the hearts of audiences with his portrayal of the young intern.
Chamberlain's talent extended beyond acting, as he possessed a remarkable singing voice. His singing abilities led to the release of several hit singles in the early 1960s, including the "Theme from Dr. Kildare" titled "Three Stars Will Shine Tonight," which reached No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. As his popularity soared, Chamberlain embraced his multifaceted talents and continued to make waves in the entertainment industry.
After the conclusion of "Dr. Kildare" in 1966, Chamberlain ventured into the theater circuit, where he showcased his acting prowess. He took on various roles, including an ill-fated Broadway musical called "Breakfast at Tiffany's" in 1966, where he starred opposite Mary Tyler Moore and Priscilla Lopez. Despite the musical's unfortunate closure after only four previews, Chamberlain's commitment to his craft remained unshaken.
In the late 1960s, Chamberlain decided to explore opportunities in England. His talent was quickly recognized, and he found success in repertory theater and the BBC's adaptation of "Portrait of a Lady." Chamberlain's dedication to his craft and his reputation as a serious actor grew during this time. In 1969, he had the honor of starring alongside Katharine Hepburn in the film "The Madwoman of Chaillot." He also took on the iconic role of Hamlet for the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, becoming the first American actor to portray the character there since John Barrymore in 1925. His remarkable performance received acclaim, leading to a televised version for the Hallmark Hall of Fame in 1970, which earned him a Grammy Award nomination.
The 1970s marked a successful period for Chamberlain in film. He established himself as a leading man, starring in notable movies such as "The Music Lovers" (1970), "Lady Caroline Lamb" (1973), "The Three Musketeers" (1973), and "The Count of Monte Cristo" (1975). He showcased his versatility by taking on diverse roles, including a villainous turn in "The Towering Inferno" (1974) as a dishonest engineer. Chamberlain's talent extended to the musical genre as well, as demonstrated in "The Slipper and the Rose" (1976), a musical adaptation of the Cinderella story where he showcased his vocal abilities alongside Gemma Craven. In 1977, he starred in Peter Weir's film "The Last Wave," further solidifying his reputation as a versatile and accomplished actor.
Chamberlain's success continued in the realm of television, particularly in the form of mini-series, earning him the well-deserved nickname of "King of the Mini-Series." He captivated audiences with his performances in popular series such as "Centennial" (1978–79), "Shōgun" (1980), and "The Thorn Birds" (1983), where he portrayed Father Ralph de Bricassart alongside Rachel Ward and Barbara Stanwyck.
In the 1980s, Chamberlain's talent graced both the big and small screens. He appeared as the leading man in the film "King Solomon's Mines" (1985) and took on the iconic role of Jason Bourne/David Webb in the television film adaptation of "The Bourne Identity" (1988).
Throughout his career, Richard Chamberlain has consistently proven himself as a versatile and talented actor. From his early days as Dr. James Kildare to his captivating performances in mini-series and films, he has left a significant mark on the entertainment industry. Chamberlain's dedication to his craft, his ability to bring characters to life, and his captivating voice have made him a beloved figure in the world of acting. His contributions to both the stage and screen continue to be celebrated, and his legacy as a true icon of the industry remains intact.
Since 1884, Bvlgari has been creating luxury accessories for discerning connoisseurs. Appreciated for their impeccable quality and contemporary designs, the company's watches represent a marriage of Bvlgari's rich legacy of jewelry expertise with the art of high watchmaking.
Bvlgari watches are worn by Hollywood celebrities Ben Affleck, Val Kilmer, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, and worn on the wrist of Robert Downey, Jr. in the Academy Award nominated film "Iron Man."
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 origin: Italy
Serial no.: P9708
Model: Blvgari Blvgari, BB 30 GSD
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Quick-Setting Date
Designed for: Unisex
Case material: Solid 18K gold
Case condition: Near mint with wear
Dimensions: 30mm diameter (excluding crown - 32.2mm including the crown)
Dial: Matte black, signed Bvlgari steel applique baton indexes, silver 'baton' hands, original and untouched, mint condition
Movement type: Bvlgari Swiss quartz
Band: Original integrated bracelet, signed Bvlgari, stainless steel and solid 18K gold, fits a wrist up to approx. 7 inches, adjustable
Crystal type: Scratch resistant sapphire, mint condition
Servicing: We have not polished the watch or done anything to the outside of it...we left it just as Mr. Chamberlain last used it which includes light scratches, a bit dirt, etc. The only overhauling we did was having one of our Master Watchmakers who used to be an authorized Rolex watchmaker and received training from Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center, install a new battery and perform any needed servicing on the movement to make it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email email@example.com for details. 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.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; Certificate of Authenticity from a well-known auction house.
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee