Heuer - The Crosthwaite & Gavin Collection: Exceptional Heuer Chronographs From The Jack Heuer Era Geneva Friday, November 10, 2017 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1970
    Reference No: 1133B
    Case No: 164'122
    Model Name: Monaco 'McQueen'
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 11, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Heuer Mark II bracelet, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Snap on Heuer buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Heuer box
    Literature: The present watch is illustrated in 'Heuer Monaco- Design Classic' by Richard Crosthwaite, page 209.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Serendipity can make a watch an icon and the Reference 11338, launched in 1 969, owes its legacy to the simple fact that the prop department of the film "Le Mans" had duplicates of this watch, as opposed to the Autavia Steve McQueen allegedly would have preferred to wear. However, more importantly perhaps was that the calibre 11 housed in this watch was a point of real contention between several watch brands and Heuer needed to set themselves apart from other designs. They therefore turned to renowned watch case manufacturer in Switzerland, Ervin Piquerez S.A (EPSA), who had also developed the compression case used in diving models from Jaeger LeCoultre or Longines, to create a bold, powerful and enticing case exclusively designed for Heuer and synonymous with the Monaco today. The present example is the standard reference 11338 "McQueen" Monaco with matt blue dial, white sub registers and brushed steel hands with red stripe and luminous insert with a rare 'no lume' dial, making this timepiece extremely rare and possibly unique.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1860

    This iconic chronograph manufacturer has a long tradition of precision timekeeping. As early as 1882, founder Edouard Heuer held a patent for a chronograph watch; in 1887, he received a patent for an oscillating pinion, which is still in use today. These specialized timepieces have been at the heart of the firm's success, enabling the brand to be chosen as early timekeepers for the Olympics. In 1969, the company introduced their first automatic chronograph watch, the Monaco Heuer, which celebrated the Monaco Grand Prix. Other key chronograph models include the Autavia and the Carrera, all of which having become iconic models of the firm.

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Ref. 1133B
A very fine and rare square shaped stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with date aperture located at 6 o'clock, bracelet and box.

Circa 1970
40mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for CHF30,000

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The Crosthwaite & Gavin Collection: Exceptional Heuer Chronographs From The Jack Heuer Era

Geneva Auction 11 November 2017