Calibre 11, Steve McQueen
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Heuer is one of 3 watch companies that have launched the world’s first automatic chronograph watch back in the late 1960s. During that time, it was a puzzle for watchmakers to fit an automatic movement with a chronograph complication into one wearable case.
Came in 1969 when the watchmaking companies have solved this puzzle. Tag Heuer was one to release their automatic chronograph: Monaco watch with Caliber 11. What made it more booming and famous to people was when Steve McQueen wore this watch in his film Le Mans in 1971.
However, it wasn’t only for aesthetics that the watch was worn, but Steve Mcqueen as a legendary person embodies the Tag Heuer slogan “Don’t Crack Under Pressure”.
Today, this Tag Heuer Monaco with Steve McQueen’s blue and white dial is the most sought after versions of the watch.
This technical innovation has that funky square design with unique horizontal bars and red-tipped hands with lumes attempting to depict a contemporary style on the watch.
Interestingly, Monaco is also the first watch to have a waterproof square case even it’s for diving. Tag Heuer added this feature to stand out even more, considering that it was aiming for a technical advancement.
Signed crown is peculiarly positioned at the left side with chronograph pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock positions.
The two square sub-registers of the first model bears 12-hour and 30-minute counters. It is symmetrically placed at 3 and 9 o’clock positions while the date function peeks at 6’.
The applied indices gleam around the watch with dotted lumes for every five-minute interval and lowkey printed minute markers around as well as well.
It’s red hands create a nice play of contrasting colors from the watch adding to feature to this kind of handsome watch.
Caliber 11 Automatic movement is encased in a brushed stainless steel case, 40mm in size. At the back, screw-down exhibition case will be seen with the Heuer signed gorgeous machinery, decorated with perlage and brushed steel that creates texture and aesthetic.
Seamlessly integrated from the watch head is a black perforated leather band with double deployment clasp which buckle is formed as Heuer insignia.
Watch is fully functional (NO water resistance test).