The other watch announced today is one of the six Heuer Monaco watches used for the filming of the 1971 classic Le Mans. There’s arguably no watch made more famous by its appearance in a movie, and for good reason. Whether you’re a die-hard car lover or someone who can barely find the gas pedal, McQueen just looks awesome every time he appears on screen, and the Monaco is no small part of that.
Of the six watches used for filming, four were kept by the prop master, and two were kept by McQueen himself. The watch here is one of those latter two and was given by McQueen as a gift to Haig Alltounian, McQueen’s mechanic and the chief mechanic on the film, and is engraved as such on the back. It reads “TO HAIG / LE MANS 1970.” In the 2015 documentary Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, Alltounian is interviewed and says that when McQueen presented him with the watch, he tried not to accept it, only to be told that he had to because it already had his name on it. Alltounian has worn the watch in the decades since, and it is coming fresh to market from him directly.