Launched 50 years ago in 1969, the Heuer Monaco was the first square, water-resistant automatic chronograph wristwatch in Swiss watchmaking history. Named by Jack Heuer after the Monaco Grand Prix, the watch represented a complete break from the aesthetic codes of traditional watchmaking, with its large square case, metallic blue dial, bright red minute hand, domed plastic crystal and, most notably, its crown positioned on the left.
The Monaco housed the world’s first automatic chronograph movement, the ‘Chronomatic’ Calibre 11 and was notably worn by actor Steve McQueen in Le Mans and Swiss race driver, Jo Siffert. Since then, the “McQueen Monaco” and subsequent editions have become much-coveted watches among watch collectors and enthusiasts.
The TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 The Hour Glass Commemorative Edition boasts a 39 mm-wide black PVD steel case and bezel, distinctive beige opaline dial, red indexes with white SuperLuminova and a red lacquered central hand. Limited and numbered to 50.
Watch, watch box, warranty card (2 years international) and a complimentary treated brown calfskin strap.
Black PVD Steel
Black PVD steel screwed sapphire case back with special engraving
Beige opalin dial, Red indexes with white superluminova®
Black gold plated hour and minute hands with white superluminova®
Perforated black calf skin strap
Black PVD steel folding clasp with double safety push-buttons
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Funnily enough, champagne isn’t associated with the Monaco. Up until now, most TAG Heuer Monaco watches have come with blue dials. But come to think of it, what’s the first thing race drivers do when they take podium? They pop the champagne. So when it came time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the TAG Heuer Monaco and the 40th anniversary of The Hour Glass, it only made sense to uncork the champagne.