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We love vintage Heuers because they're the epitome of vintage racing chronographs. The Monza represents the marriage of Heuer and Formula 1 racing. It's also relatively rare, as are its PVD-coated brethren, the Monaco "Dark Lord" and the Autavia Ref. 11063.
The Monza owes its existence to four men: Jack Heuer, Enzo & Piero Ferrari, and legendary Formula 1 driver Nicki Lauda. Until Lauda joined the Ferrari team, they were in an eleven-year drought. Lauda, at the wheel of the 312T, brought the title to the Ferrari team in 1975. To celebrate this victory, Jack Heuer--who'd been partners with Ferrari since 1971--released the Monza in 1976.
When Heuer conceived the Monza, he broke the mold--not just for Heuer chronographs, but for racing chronographs in general. While the Carrera, the Camaro, and the Monaco all came in steel cases, he cast the case for the Monza in brass. Why brass, you ask? Not going to lie--because it's cheaper. But since brass is so soft--softer than steel, at any rate--Heuer coated the Monza in PVD.
This gives it an extra layer of protection, as well as a pretty sleek-looking exterior. We mentioned how unusual this is, and how the chronographs that Heuer did this to--the Monaco "Dark Lord" and the Autavia 11063--are pretty rare. So we're stoked that we have one to offer you here.
The movement is a Caliber 15, Heuer's "economy" version of the Caliber 12. As with the case, economy was Heuer's watchword when considering what movement to put in the Monza. He wanted to offer a less expensive counterpart to Heuer's other chronograph models. Of course, as Heur encountered when developing the Cal. 12 movement, changing the design of the movement meant changing the layout of the dial. This results in a rather asymmetrical look, with the running seconds register positioned slightly above 9:00.
The asymmetry is polarizing, and many serious Heuer collectors will swear by the cal. 12's superiority. But we enjoy the playful asymmetry, because it gives cal. 15-powered Monzas an even quirkier look than the PVD-coating does. And with the PVD in almost pristine condition, what we have is a watch that's not only a excellent racing chronograph, but the stuff of F1 history.
Brass PVD-coated case is approximately 40mm (excluding crown). Heuer Calibre 15 Automatic Chronograph Movement. Late 1970s.
Overall Condition: The watch is in exceptional condition, showing the slightest degradation to the PVD-coating on the lugs. Matte black dial is crisp and shows light, even signs of patination to the luminous elements. The hands likewise show matching even patina, though the minute hand is missing a spec of lume. Luminous material appears otherwise stable. Stainless steel case back has been polished; Heuer-signed crown.
Includes one 20mm black leather strap and two 20mm nylon straps by Crown & Buckle..