The illustrious Rolex Submariner previously owned by Steve McQueen and then passed on to his stunt double will soon be up on the auction block.
The sway of celebrity-coloured memorabilia has been recorded in history and has a weight stronger than Star Wars’ all-encompassing Force. The King of Cool’s legacy finds an abode in his notable Rolex watch, which is now in works to be put on auction in October this year.
Lathed in a glorious narrative, the Rolex Submariner found McQueen as its owner in the 1960s. He then went on to pass the watch to his stunt double Loren James, who preserved the keepsake for more than 40 years.
The Rolex Submariner reference 5513 marks the earliest collectible in McQueen’s collection and also records its distinctive inscription, “LOREN, THE BEST DAMN STUNSTMAN IN THE WORLD. STEVE.” As the Sand Fire wildfire raged through Los Angeles in 2016, James’ house suffered wreckage too. It was believed that the watch had perished along with other remembrances, only later to be found in his burnt-down property.
Restored soon enough by Rolex, the notable watch was picked up by Hollywood real estate broker and memorabilia collector Michael Eisenberg, who has decided to place the Rolex on the auction block on 25th October. Owing to the passing ownership which brims with impassioned memories, the market value of the watch is estimated to be between $300,000 and $600,000, although the cap is predicted to be around $2 million. Well, before the Rolex Submariner sets sail towards another owner, if you want it, now is the time.