Wednesday, April 11, 2001

The Complete History Of The Steve McQueen Submariner [Part 4 of 4]

The Complete History Of The Steve McQueen Submariner
[Part 4 of 4]

Iconic and Timeless Cool Style

There are very few men and women with a sense of style that transcends time, but a few come to mind like Cary Grant, Sophia Loren and Grace Kelly. Steve McQueen is unequivocally The King Of Cool in every way.

Steve McQueen not only had a great sense of clothing style, but he also had amazing taste in cars, motorcycles and beautiful women.

Somebody once said that the candle that burns twice as bright lasts half as long, and that appears to be the case with Steve McQueen. I thought that since we are celebrating his 85th Birthday, it would be fitting to also explore his amazing sense of timeless style.

It didn't matter wether Steve McQueen was riding a motorcycle or riding a horse in a western, he always had an amazing charisma, and sense of style, which was what made him "The King Of Cool."

In the photograph below, we see Steve McQueen sporting a pair of Jack Purcell tennis shoes with no socks, along with a pair of khaki jeans, a polo shirt and his trademark Persol sunglasses. Also notice he is wearing his watch on a Fatstrap.

The amazing thing in my mind, as a designer, is that Steve McQueen could literally walk out of any of these photos into any room and not look out of place. As a matter of fact he would look classic and great.

"In my own mind, I'm not sure that acting is something for a grown man to be doing." –Steve McQueen

Many readers of Jake's Rolex World have been pointing out how Daniel Craig who currently plays James Bond has similar style to Steve McQueen and one reader, mentioned he thought Daniel Craig was the new Kind Of Cool Style and I would not disagree.

In this next photo we see a recent photo of Daniel Craig and he is wearing the same Persol sunglasses which were Steve McQueen's trademark sunglasses.

As many readers of Jake's Rolex World know, Daniel Craig is also a big Rolex fan.

As we saw in the photos above, not only is Steve McQueen timeless and iconic, but his Rolex Submariner also look equally masculine and timeless as his personal style.

This next photo below by William Claxton is of Steve McQueen with model Peggy Moffitt in front of his 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso.

Bullitt [1968]

This next publicity photo of Steve McQueen from the movie Bullitt is perhaps the most iconic photo of him.

The streets of San Francisco car chase in Bullitt is probably the most famous car chase from any movie in history. Steve McQueen's Ford Mustang muscle car is over-the-top cool!!!! Turn the volume way up!!!!

Jazz Master Miles Davis talking with Steve McQueen At A Party

Steve McQueen was very serious about working out and staying in shape. As a matter of fact he worked out two-hours a day and at one point he ran five miles a day–7 days a week. He was also friends with Bruce Lee who taught him Karate.

On March 25, 2010 Greg Carrara, who is a daily reader of Jake's Rolex World wrote in and said:

"Steve McQueen was cool. That is it. He didn't need tattoos all over his body, he didn't need carefully crafted facial hair, he didn't need a fashion consultant, he didn't need to pose, he didn't need props, he didn't need a group of guys to tell him how great he was. No entourage, not tough guy talk, no bragging, no nothing. He was just cool, period."

In the next photo we see Steve McQueen's mug shot from when he got arrested for a DUI in 1972 in Anchorage, Alaska, which is not cool, but it is kinda funny that he is giving the peace sign in the photos. Two years later in 1974 he would become the highest paid actor in the world.

Steve McQueen is pictured below with his Ferrari 250