Let's be real, there are only a handful of vintage watches that are so cool and have such massive appeal that even those people who know nothing about vintage Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean can identify them.The Paul Newman Daytona would be one, the Omega Speedmaster Professional another, but perhaps the most easily identifiable is the Heuer Monaco worn by Steve McQueen in LeMans.TAG Heuer, to this day, banks much of the Monaco's appeal around McQueen, and why shouldn't they? He was incredibly cool guy.But, what if someone equally as cool had been wearing the watch even before McQueen got his hands on it? Would TAG change their tune?
We're about to find outing up for sale in Antiquorum's June Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean sale is a Heuer Monaco reference 1133b dating to 1969 that was owned by none other than Mr.Sammy Davis Jr.There is even an original photograph of Sammy wearing this watch while in Vietnam entertaining our troops.What is interesting, and important, is that this watch here is an earlier model than McQueen's.In fact, Sammy's watch is considered "transitional" and fits directly between the "Chronomatic" Prototypes (one of which we've mentioned before) and the production model like McQueen wore.Ths particular example was sold in the early 90s at auction and the present lot includes all documentation from the sale, along with the original photograph of Sammy wearing the watch.
"Prices for these replica Bedat 308.011.100 Ladie's watch range from $60 to over $120.Design A Watch Though I've never been a big fan on car racing, I find some of the merchandise cool. This Azimuth Bi-Retrograde watch is just such an example. The face is laid out like a Formula 1 race car dashboard. When you're going 59 miles per hour with 4K RPMs, you know it's time to punch out (that's 4:59 for the uninitiated).