I’m a sucker for a chronograph, and of all the iconic chronograph designs, none are quite as instantly recognizable as the perfect TAG Heuer Monaco replica. Every element of this model, from the inside out, was revolutionary when it first debuted in 1969 (and frankly, is still pretty special over 50 years later). It housed one of the first automatic chronograph movements, the caliber 11. It showcased a distinctive square case shape, and it notably featured the crown on the left-hand side with the pushers on the right. As if this one-of-a-kind design wasn’t enough, the Monaco became a pop-culture legend on the wrist of Steve McQueen two years after its initial release in the film Le Mans.
Sure, I’m immediately drawn to any chronograph watch, but the Swiss made fake Monaco won’t just grab your attention as one of the world’s first self-winding chronos. It ticks all the boxes of a true icon. If you’re a diehard enthusiast looking for a model with a significant place in the history of watchmaking, look no further. If you’re more of a racing or film junkie who appreciates the pivotal role watches play in sports and our culture, the Monaco is equally important. No matter what your preferences or passions, the Monaco is an instant conversation piece. Plus, this particular example we have in the Shop right now, the 1133B, was not only one of the original references but also the exact reference McQueen wore on screen.