In a moment now so engrained into horological culture that the mere mention of it borders on cliché, leading man Steve McQueen donned a 1133B Heuer Monaco for the filming of 1971’s motorsport-drama Le Mans. Selecting the chronograph for its starring role was a natural choice as the Monaco was designed with professional racing drivers in mind. Namely, the 9 o’clock situated winding crown – its positioning prevents the crown from digging into the back of the wearer’s hand while driving. Funnily enough, this design feature was rendered moot to McQueen as, regardless of whether he was in character or not, he always wore watches on his right wrist.
Destro (meaning “right” in Italian) watches have found use with professionals and left-handed wearers for decades now. From a 1953 Marina Millitaire Panerai Luminor ref. 6152-1 to a special-order ref. 1803 Rolex Day-Date produced in the late 1960s. Interestingly, southpawed comic Charlie Chaplin owned a left-handed Rolex Oyster. Made circa 1945, it was retailed and co-signed by Asprey and features a stainless-steel case and enamel dial. Antiquorum sold this particular example in 2013 with a hammer price of $51,250.