Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Watches of Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen's footprint on menswear is undeniable.  The guy had style to spare and to this day designers look to both his on and off screen persona for inspiration.  While I am by no means a watch geek I find McQueen's timepiece history pretty fascinating.  Steve's name and image are associated with a few watches; he only ever really wore one.

In the 1971 action film, Le Mans, Steve McQueen's character, Michael Delaney, is seen wearing a Tag (Heuer had not yet been purchased) Monaco chronograph.  Tag Heuer, to this day, has continued to use Steve's image in various marketing campaigns to aid in selling the classic blue-faced model, which holds the claim of "the world's first automatic chronograph".  It is important to note that while the on screen McQueen is associated with the brand, he never wore Tag off screen.



 

 
 
In his "real" life McQueen's preferred brand of timepiece was Rolex.  In fact, Rolex has its own McQueen "signature" watch, the Explorer II aka "The McQueen Rolex".  This watch is highly sought after today due to its rarity and exclusivity (it was discontinued in 1985).  The watch, itself, is a very handsome model and comes equipped with the much coveted orange 24 hour hand.  Though McQueen did wear his Explorer II off screen his favorite watch was something a little different.

 

 
   
Similar in design to the Explorer II, the Rolex Submariner was McQueen's go to.  This particular Submariner, available exclusively in the UK and produced from 1959 through 1978, was truly Steve's everyday watch.  It was what McQueen "the man" not "the actor on the silver screen" wore on a daily basis.  All McQueen connections aside, the Rolex Submariner is a beautiful timepiece that embodies the classical and understated nature of all the things that I love.  McQueen realized this too and put on his Submariner everyday because of it.





  



 

 

 

-L.A.S

[Editor's Note: Notice how McQueen, who was left handed, wears his watch on his right wrist.]

26 comments:

  1. I'm left handed and also wear my watch on the right wrist. does that make as cool a mcqueen?

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    1. Im also Left handed and i also wear my watch on my right hand

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    2. I'm right handed but I wear auto's on my right hand as that is which I hand I move more often.

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    3. YES! It does make you as cool. But even McQueen has nothing in the realm of coolness on the guy in the mesothelioma commercials. And that guy wears a Tag Heuer, too, if you stop to freeze-frame it.

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  2. Great post, L.A.S. That Tag Monaco (forth from the top) is where it's at. Great looking watch. Hell - they are all great looking.

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  3. Just to be clear, TAG acquired Heuer in the mid 80's. Therefore the first watch in question should be referred to as a Heuer Monaco.

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  4. I have an early seventies Explorer II. Great watch.

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  5. he never wore the explorer..

    i would love to see some one to post a picture of him wearing one.. and then i would eat my hat..

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  6. I must agree with post-I'm a MCQueen nut and over the years have come to conclude that he never wore a Rolex Explorer I or II. No images anywhere of him sporting one-Submariner yes but no Explorer!
    I've got a Tag Heuer Monaco 'McQueen' and its a beautiful timepiece but I'm hellbent on getting my hands on an original one!
    The King is Dead-Long live the King!

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  9. I don't think a left-handed person wearing his watch on his right hand is unusual.
    ... but having watched the "cooler" scenes in The Great Escape many times over, I think I can safely say McQueen was right handed

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  10. he also wore a really beautifull Hanhart chronograph during 1964 ISDT(international six days trial) This watch can be seen on many photos of Mc queen on their motorcycles
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