Tag Heuer Monaco Watches from LSMwatch.com
The Monaco watch was originally introduced by TAG Heuer in 1969 in honor of the Monaco Grand Prix. The Monaco watch was the first automatic square cased chronograph watch released by TAG Heuer. The watch had a relativity brief lifespan being discontinued in the 1970's but was re-issued with new designs in 1999, and again in 2003 featuring an entirely new mechanisms.
The dial of the Monaco watch features minute and hour counters at 9 and 3 o'clock respectively with a date function at the 6 o'clock window. In the original version of the Monaco watch from TAG Heuer, the crown is located at the 9 o'clock position on a square casing. The early models of the watch featured two different colors schemes either a metallic blue dial with white registers or a metallic gray dial and registers. The shape of the watch was revolutionary at the time for a chronograph watch.
The Monaco 1133 was the first watch in the series to be released by TAG Heuer in 1969 to honor the Formula 1 race. This early model in the Monaco family of watches used the mechanism of the Calibre 11, also known as the Chronomatic, and was the first automatic micro-winding chronograph. The watch became synonymous with Steve McQueen when he wore it in his 1971 film, Le Mans
TAG Heuer released several other models of the Monaco watch including the Monaco model 73633 introduced in 1972 which eliminated the date feature in favor of a third sub-dial. The Monaco watches of this time with several different color variants.
The Monaco watch was reissued in 1999 with a limited number being made. Watches from this reissuing bear the original Heuer logo of its predecessors. The watch featured an updated casing design with automatic movement, a black dial, and a leather strap.
Tag Heuer Monaco is one of the most liked sports collection in the Tag Heuer series.
In 2003 Tag Heuer introduced a new version of the Monaco watch showcasing an entirely new mechanism and a 7-row steel bracelet of square links.
In 2006 Tag Heuer debuted the Monaco Calibre 360 LS which unlike typical chronograph watches did not feature stopwatch dial; instead the watch features a 1/100th chronograph counter exterior to the chronograph engine.
In 2009 TAG Heuer introduced a concept watch called the Monaco 24, named in honor of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The Monaco watch is also, allegedly, named after the fact that it can withstand the impact of 24,000G, which is an equivalent to a 20 meter fall. The Calibre 36 movement of the Monaco watch cased within a steel-tube housing that can be seen through the dial face.
TAG Heuer also released the Monaco Classic in 2009 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the watch. The watch was produced in a limited edition with only 1000 being made for the occasion.
The Latest model of the Monaco watch from TAG Heuer, the Monaco Grande Date, was also introduced in 2009 as a higher-end luxury version marketed toward the fashion-forward and self-assured ladies. Later versions of the Monaco watch are smaller than most other models of the watch and available with a white alligator leather strap and nacre dial that is adorned by 13 Top Wesselton diamonds and a case embellished with 26 Top Wesselton diamonds at the bezel.