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.
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.
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.
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.