Then there is McQueen's connection to Rolex, superseded only by his good Corum 196-151-47-0F01FM30R WoMen's watch buddy Paul Newman's connection with the watchmaker.For years and years collectors called the original Rolex Explorer II (ref 1655) the "Steve McQueen Explorer", after someone had been told that this was the timepiece Steve wore on a day to day basis.The supposed McQueen connection coupled with that bright orange 24-hour hand caused this model to absolutely sky-rocket in price.
This watch is another one that will be on the block in a few weeks at Antiquorum's 35th anniversary sale.Estimates for this great looking replica Breitling A39362-B5 Men's watch Doxa are $5000-$6800.Click here for the details of this beautiful old chronograph. Hodinkee in Antiquorum, Doxa, Vintage Monday, November 2, 2009 at 7:53PM How many watchmakers do you think exist within the United States? Right now, there are less than 5,000.And how many watches do you think there are within the United states?
The funny thing is, McQueen never wore this Corum 039-250-20-0F02EB30R WoMen's watch, and was certainly never photographed wearing it.What McQueen ACTUALLY wore was the higher grade (chronometer rated) version of your typical no-date Submariner, a watch called the Reference 5512 Submariner (the most common, non-chronometer rated Subs are ref 5513).How do we know he wore a 5512 Sub? Well, there are about 23,000 pictures of him wearing it.And he even wore it in his final film, the Hunter.