Selling Watch NYC has a new update on the popular Rolex watches!
Following up last year's epic sale of Paul Newman's Paul Newman Daytona (and subsequent Daytona fever), Phillips announced on Monday that it will be selling yet another icon's iconic Rolex – the Submariner reference 5513 (not to be confused with his 5512, which sold in 2009 at Antiquorum for $234,000). This Rolex was purchased by Steve McQueen in the 1960s and was given to his stuntman as a gift. The caseback of the watch has an engraving that reads: LOREN, THE BEST DAMN STUNTMAN IN THE WORLD. STEVE.
Did McQueen Ever Wear The Famous Rolex?
The watch stayed with Jane and survived a sandfire that ripped through parts of Los Angeles in 2016. They thought everything was lost until the watch was found amongst the ashes. The 5513 was sent to Rolex to be restored. The Rolex was purchased from the family by Hollywood memorabilia. What we do not know is whether or not the watch was simply purchased by McQueen or if he ever wore it. It should be understood that the watch resembles the watch McQueen sold in 2009. The difference, however, lies in the new four-line matte 5512 dial. The previous watch had a two-line matte 5513 dial. This is what makes the matter difficult to grasp. Did McQueen actually wear the watch or did he simply purchase it? Does that make it less valuable?
Although the matter is confusing, we do know some things. We know that the watch was a matte 5512 dial before it was sold. Whether McQueen wore the Rolex or not is unknown, but it is given that the watch will do very well at the auction. For more information regarding the auction, click here.
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