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It's hip to be square

Steve McQueen (above) showcased the Tag Heuer Monaco in the racing film Le Mans in 1971.
Steve McQueen (above) showcased the Tag Heuer Monaco in the racing film Le Mans in 1971. PHOTO: TAG HEUER

Although an iconic timepiece now, the Tag Heuer Monaco sold badly when it first debuted in 1969 as the world's first square, water-resistant automatic chronograph

Seven years ago at an auction of film memorabilia, a watch that the late Hollywood actor Steve McQueen wore in the 1971 racing film Le Mans went under the hammer for US$799,500.

The watch in question was a Heuer Monaco with a distinctive steel square case, retro dark blue dial and black alligator strap.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 08, 2019, with the headline 'It's hip to be square'. Print Edition | Subscribe