Article By: Logan Hannen
What is up, watchfam?! Today, we’re gonna take a look at three of Steve McQueen’s most famous timepieces.
With the recent announcement that Steve McQueen’s Rolex Submariner ref. 5513 would be auctioned by Philips in the fall, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the two watches most commonly associated with the undisputed king of cool, and one piece that often isn’t so quickly associated.
#1: Heuer Monaco
Steve McQueen and his Heuer Monaco on the set of LeMans (1971)
When you say the phrase “Steve McQueen watch,” nine times out of ten, this is probably the watch that people will picture. It is the true icon, and is, depending on who you ask, the first automatic chronograph. It is both a historically significant piece in horology, and also in film. The number of times that an example of this piece that is reported to have been worn on screen comes up for auction is nauseating, though it has also proven exciting for film buffs, with one of these examples going for $87,600 USD. Not a high rolling example like with Paul Newman’s Paul Newman, but it is definitely a pretty penny all things considered.
#2: Rolex Submariner 5512
Steve McQueen and his Rolex Submariner 5512
Source: Bezel and Barrel
While most of the glory has gone to shots of McQueen with his Monaco from the promotional images for LeMans, the piece he has actually been photographed most often is his personal Rolex Submariner 5512. The reference 5512 ran from 1959 to 1978, and it was during that time that McQueen picked up his example. It seemed like this piece was his daily wearer, and although there aren’t any riveting stories surrounding the piece, it still is more than worth including here for its constant place on the man’s wrist.
#3: Hanhart 417ES
Steve McQueen, his Hanhart 417, and a bada$$ pair of Persols
This is the one that very few people remember, and it may well be my personal favorite of the bunch. This was a piece that McQueen has been spotted wearing at multiple points during his life, and it always seems to be on his wrist when he is in his most casual mode, though it can also be seen on his wrist in the film The War Lover. A German made chronograph from just after the Second World War, the Hanhart 417 is definitely a bit of an unexpected addition to Mr. McQueen’s collection, but one that somehow seems to fit perfectly all the same.
Alright geeks, that does it for us today. Sound off in the Facebook comments and let us know if there’s another classic celebrity you’d like to see us take on in future editions of “Watch 101” and, as always, keep it classy, watchfam.
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