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AQ - Steve McQueen 5512

May 11 2009 at 10:53 AM

Boom Dale Vito  (Login dalevito)
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Thanks to the dutch forum dezinvanluxe.nl I saw the preview on TZ for the june 11th AQ-action... And wow, 2 McQueen originals: the Monaco and the 5512!

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I'll leave the originality-check to the experts, but hey.. way cool!

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Could it be an early Luminova replacement dial on the 5512 >>>

May 11 2009, 11:08 AM 

The early Luminova replacement dials still said "SWISS-T < 25" on the bottom.

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pam lover
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replacement dial for 5512?

May 11 2009, 10:57 PM 

how could u tell its a luminova dial?

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David D
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This is the fourth McQueen Monaco to surface.

May 11 2009, 11:28 AM 

The watch he wore during the filming now is in the museum that TagHeuer has in Switzerland, a watch I owned for a couple of years. The second is one he used for press shoots..that watch is in a private collection in Italy..the third changed hands last year at an auction in Italy IIRC, and now this one..
Watches 1 and 2 both came with authentication papers from the property master of the movie, not sure what accompanied #3..
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John Ireland
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So if I understand...the Sub is not a

May 11 2009, 4:23 PM 

watch McQueen actually wore, it is just the same model number as one he wore in photographs. And the Monaco is also not really one of McQueen's own watches, but an undocumented watch just like the one the Prop Dept. gave him to wear at publicity events.

I'm not sure if this is the sort of "celebrity provenance" I'd be willing to pay a premium for. It feels more like product placement hype rather than genuine links to a legendary figure.

It certainly isn't the same as the PN Daytona models which Newman used for years and years, and the sub dials of which had significant improved legibility over the standard sub dials...that greater readability important during auto races. And I personally wouldn't pay a premium for a PN either, unless it was one of Newman's own personal watches.

John Ireland

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This may have been McQueens

May 11 2009, 8:23 PM 

If I understand the timezone article, this 5512 was owned by Steve McQueen and he left it to his friend Jimmy Brucker. It supposedly is a 1967 5512 and appears to have had a later dial. It does have the correct rivet band (narrower center links) as seen in all the McQueen photos. I would like to see real documentation that it did belong to McQueen. I wonder if Chad, his son, agrees.

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