When it comes to old-school Hollywood masculinity, the first image to come to mind is Steve McQueen. And when you think of Steve McQueen, chances are he’s behind the wheel of a serious set of wheels.
Like fellow actor Paul Newman, McQueen loved the thrill of racing cars and in 1971, made the movie ‘Le Mans’ about the 24 hour race in France. The movie was a bit of a bust, but included everything that built the persona and legend of McQueen.
An actor known for his timeless and cool style, McQueen wore a Heuer Monaco watch in the movie, or the 1133, one of the more famous timepieces ever. With dials for the minute and hour counters at 9 and 3 o’clock respectively and the crown located at the 9 o’clock position on a square casing. the blue face and unique shape made the watch an instant classic.
The Monaco was discontinued in the mid-70’s but grew in popularity as a sought after collector’s item as McQueen’s popularity ceased to wane decades after his death. In fact, one of the Monaco’s worn by McQueen during the filming of Le Mans sold for just under $800,000 as recent as 2012.
In 2003, the company now known as Tag Heuer released a reissue of the Monaco and even issued a 40th anniversary Steve McQueen Monaco version, which are currently re-sold at around $12,000 US.
With a variety of options now available from Tag Heuer, the Monaco is a great option for a timepiece that is eternally cool and conveys the swagger of a Hollywood legend.