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Model Code: 1133B
The 1133B Monaco is one of the few wristwatches to become deeply entwined in popular cuture. Famously adorned and hand-picked by Steve McQueen in the 1971 film 'Le Mans', the Monaco represents the foundation of Heuer's intimate connection with motorsport on the silver screen. Imagery of McQueen wearing his famous blue dialled Monaco have fuelled TAG Heuer's branding for decades to come, with the design of the Monaco remaining largely unchanged over many re-releases. A famously disruptive design, the case and makeup of the Monaco revolutionised the typical '60s timepiece. Its square case shape and makeup, allowing it to be water resistant, was something never undertaken before. This blue dialled classic is powered by the esteemed Calibre 11 automatic movement - featuring the brand's newest innovation in the micro-roter. This example is a perfect relic of the golden age of '60s watchmaking. This model, referred to as the '1133B Transitional', is particularly special. Produced in a short window between 1969 and 1970, this reference came in response to feedback from the American market's, which told of a misunderstanding of the term 'Chronomatic'. The Monaco underwent a subtle, yet significant design shift and would later read 'Automatic Chronograph', which can be found on all Monaco variants going forward. The transitional model retains the similar metallic gloss of the 'Chronomatic' model with squared-off hands. However, the addition of the cream lume and 'Automatic Chronograph' text to this transitional model illustrates the Monaco's evolution into the standard edition 1133B we all know and love. This example is unbelievably rare and remains in very good condition. A unique and collectable variant of arguably the most iconic wristwatch of all time, this Monaco is, without question, a true grail watch.
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