In what seems to be a cruelly ironic twist, the actor that played Tony Soprano in The Sopranos – a HBO TV series that “probably featured more Rolex watches per actor than any other TV show or movie in history” according to Jake’s Rolex World – James Gandolfini has had his Rolex Submariner lifted from his wrist as he laid dying from a massive heart attack. Various news outlets are reporting that a paramedic who transported James Gandolfini to hospital after the attack stole the watch, either in his room at the Boscolo Exedra Hotel in Rome, or in the ambulance.
Claudio Bevilacqua, 43, went on trial on Monday for allegedly snatching The Sopranos star’s $3000 Rolex Submariner watch on June 9th, 2013. Some reports go as far as to claim that the theft took place while Bevilacqua was taking the pulse of the dying superstar. According to police reports, efforts to resuscitate Gandolfini were well underway when the theft allegedly occurred. Bevilacqua was not present in court Monday for the case’s first hearing, which lasted only a few minutes.
The Submariner is not a model Gandolfini’s character Tony Soprano is associated with. The solid gold Rolex Day-Date was his day-to-day watch in the seminal series, but we’ve got to say that this understated Rolex is the perfect choice for a man who was, by all accounts, humble and generous to a fault.