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We love vintage Heuers because they epitomize the essence of vintage racing chronographs, and the Montreal is one of the coolest - and now we have a pair of them!
The Montreal is a relatively obscure model that is little known outside of collector circles. Introduced in 1972 featuring a number of similar design cues to the more established Autavia and Carrera collections, the Montreal effortlessly exudes that "70s thing" we love so much. With an oversized cushion case with fine sunburst brushing, the case is remarkably similar to the Mark II Speedmaster, but is powered by the Calibre 12 automatic chronograph movement instead of the Omega's hand-cranker.
The Montreal gets practically no attention, even from aficionados of vintage Heuers. The model, first launched in 1972, ran for about four years with the in-house caliber 12 movement. Then production switched to the venerable Valjoux workhorse, the 7750. These watches are distinguished from their counterparts with their monochrome dials: black on black or blue on blue. The only break from the monotony of the dial was the hands or pulsation scales.
But the Monteal wasn't long for the world. Production ceased in 1983, eleven years after its conception. This makes the Montreal a rarity among Heuer chronographs, but no less worthy of attention.
This particular model, a Reference 110.503N, features a matte black dial with applied markers and contrasting white subsidiary registers and luminous red hands. Unlike our blue-dialed example, this reference has a white chapter ring settled between the outer Tachymetre/Pulsations scale and the hour markers on the inner dial, giving it an extra level of 70s funk.
In excellent condition throughout, this piece features an incredibly strong case with strong factory brushing, original fluted pushers, and signed crown. Super, super cool chronograph with a decidedly automotive flair - and currently overlooked by most collectors, though we suspect not for long...
Stainless Steel case is approximately 42mm in diameter, excluding crown. Circa late 1970s.
Overall Condition: The watch is in exceptional condition with factory brushing intact and no signs of polishing. Light signs of wear from careful, loving use. Black matte dial is original, crisp, and shows light, even signs of patina of the luminescent elements. The original hands are likewise in excellent condition, with matching patina. Original case back with brush finishing and signed Heuer crown.
Includes one 20mm rally-style leather strap by G.L.C. and two nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.