Marlon Brando, the Godfather himself, wears a very different watch in a configuration that’s fit for his character. As many readers can recite by memory, it’s a best fake Rolex GMT-Master 1675 with a matte-black dial and red GMT hand. What makes this watch particularly special is that it has no bezel and is on a leather strap. It’s a watch that’s missing quite a lot, much like Kurtz, the character who wears it.
This was actually Brando’s personal 1:1 replica Rolex GMT-Master, and was one that was auctioned off just a few years ago by Phillips. Hallmarks are its heavily patinated markers and its matte dial, which is a replacement service dial from the original gloss. And the kicker is the engraving on the back, done by the actor himself, reading “M. Brando.” His engraving technique is almost as deranged as Kurtz himself.
Both luxury replica watches UK speak to the characters that wear them. Willard is more of the prototypical young soldier of the era, the kind of man out in the thick of it all. It makes sense that he wears what was one of the more popular watch choices of the day. Kurtz on the other hand is a sort of larger-than-life character, seated like a king in a fortress of his own creation. What better cheap copy watch for a wackadoo king than one with an off-kilter crown?
Near the end of the film, Willard comes face to face with his objective – Colonel Kurtz. His journey up that river was long. He lost a lot of men along the way, as well as pieces of himself. In a scene that only Brando could have acted, we see the film’s two stars locked in a battle of wits. As Kurtz delivers his monologue to Willard, he begins to wash his face – a face that is villainous and only partially lit. As with Willard’s Seiko, we see the AAA fake Rolex GMT-Master as Kurtz brings his hands to his face. The black leather strap, the bezel-less case come into almost clear view despite the darkness. This is the calm before the storm, and in this moment we glimpse what may be the greatest cinematic super clone watch of all time.