Since our beloved commentator Smiles educated us about what real men do here, let’s talk about cool again. Already in the early days of diablog we talked about the “King of Cool”. Glynsky thought it was Tony Curtis, and I thought it was Steve McQueen. We were wrong, the original King of Cool was Dean Martin. But all three were real men.
While it is hard to say what makes a real man, one thing does not: wearing jewelry.
In my humble opinion the only jewelry a man is allowed to wear is a watch. Unless you want to look like a rapper, pimp, shmock, etc.
With Steve McQueen I share the appreciation for one particular watch brand: Heuer. I am referring to the old Heuer, not the TAG Heuer of today. Here you can see Steve wearing the legendary Monaco watch:
How did Steve McQueen and Heuer get together? Through racing. Heuer started making watches for race car drivers and pilots, mounted on the dashboard. Its sub-label Autavia is a mix of Automobile and Aviation. There is a brilliant website – onthedash.com – about the old Heuer. Here are dash mounted ones. Which Heuer watches do I like?
I am very fond of this time piece from the 50s:
Here is a better pic from onthedash:
and I like this big one from the 70s:
again a better pic from onthedash
Heuer watches last forever. They are almost unbreakable. Both models above have been in use and working for decades. They have been exposed to heat, water, dust, shocks, etc. They have been worn 24/7 and are running perfectly well. Which cannot be said about other watches in the collection, like the Rolex.