Exclusive Timepieces & Jewels 17 July 2019 | Monaco LOT 178
Heuer An iconic and nice Heuer Monaco chronograph reference 1133 in stainless steel
Estimate € 5,500 – 11,500
Material: Stainless Steel
Reference N°: 1133G
Bracelet: Leather strap
Dimensions: 40 x 40
Heuer brand has been founded by Edouard Heuer in 1860 and immediately he developed a significant number of innovative patents such as a keyless, crown-operated winding system for pocket watches or patents for an oscillating pinion mechanism. The company’s growth allowed for increased research and development and in 1916 released the Micrograph, the most accurate stopwatch at the time. From that moment on, Heuer continued to implement researches on racing watches and above all his relationship with the automotive world. In the 1930s, they began the production of chronographs specially designed for pilots. In 1969 was launched the Monaco reference 1133 as part of a line of automatic chronographs. The Monaco might be one of the most recognizable watches of the 20th century, and was equipped with a self-winding caliber 11, becoming the first automatic chronograph ever produced. Popular with racers and enthusiasts alike from its launch became famous because Steve McQueen wore a Monaco in the car racing movie “Le Mans” but above all for the unusual square-shaped case made by Piquerez. This watch in stainless steel features a spectacular grey dial with grey registers, applied baton indexes and red accents on the outer scale for hours and minutes which recall the details and color of the hands. The union of the interesting case design, a very beautiful dial, a rich history, and an innovative movement make this watch sought after by collectors and a statement piece. For a similar model please also see lot 47 in this auction.