Benrus Revives Steve McQueen’s Iconic Watch from ‘Bullitt’

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A lot of fashion pieces come to mind when you think about Steve McQueen. From brown suede chukka boots to Persol sunglasses, the late actor-turned-style icon covered a lot of ground. In the watch world, he favored a Rolex Submariner in his personal life and famously donned a square-case Heuer Monaco for the 1971 film Le Mans

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However, it was the timepiece he wore in arguably his most notable role ever that’s been an enigma for watch enthusiasts and collectors. In a 2014 piece, Worn & Wound was the first to call attention to the understated watch that decorated the wrist of the King of Cool in the 1968 detective film Bullitt. It was a civilian version of a mil-spec field watch from American watchmaker Benrus. Today, both companies have come together for a special revival of what’s referred to as Series #3061.

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Simple in its execution, the new watch pays direct homage to the ‘60s classic, but with a bumped-up case size (39.5mm). The satin-brushed steel case houses a Swiss Soprod P024 caliber automatic movement with 38 hours of power reserve. The simple black matte dial has military numerals on the inner dial.

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Inspired by the movie’s automobile motifs, the Benrus Series #3061 watch has been given a black leather rally strap with red stitching. It’s available to purchase now through Worn & Wound’s Windup Watch Shop for $595. The first 50 orders will come with an additional ADPT mil-spec strap in forest green.