A very fine and rare square shaped stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with date aperture located at 6 o'clock and box

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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: 1969
    Reference No: 1133B
    Case No: 161'022
    Model Name: Monaco "McQueen"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 11, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Heuer pin buckle
    Dimensions: 45.5mm Length, 44mm Width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Heuer fitted box

  • Catalogue Essay

    With its avant-garde case, the Heuer Monaco has always been associated with the Golden Age of chronograph watches of the 1960s and 70s. Designed by Jack Heuer and released in 1969, it was named for the famed Formula One racetrack, and worn by Steve McQueen in the 1971 classic film Le Mans. Launched more or less at the same time as the Zenith "El Primero" scholars still debate which brand offered the first automatic chronograph caliber.

    The present example of Heuer’s legendary chronograph is preserved in absolutely mint condition, still retaining the original Heuer sticker on the caseback. It also comes with its original presentation box, typical pierced leather bracelet and period steel Heuer buckle. Since the re-launch of the Monaco on the occasion of its 40th anniversary, the original Monaco has gained again huge popularity. However, no re-edition can ever meet the original.

    This superb example ticks all the boxes for passionate collectors, with its seductive design, wearability, rarity, and near-perfect condition.

  • Maker Bio

    Heuer

    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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Heuer

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

1969
45.5mm Length, 44mm Width
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF12,000 - 18,000 
€10,300-15,400
$12,700-19,100

sold for CHF27,500

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 81
aghotbi@phillips.com

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