Watch Reviews

The Black Monaco: A Last Ditch Effort To Save The Monaco, The First Time Around

by on Oct.20, 2010, under Review

You may think you know the Monaco, but something tells us you’ve never seen the version to the right.

Launched in 1969, Heuer began to phase out the Monaco only five years into production.  In 1974, a new Monaco reference (74033) was introduced as a last-ditch effort to attract attention to what was the most avant-garde chronograph in the world. 

Fitted with an all-black dial, the hour and minute hands were white and chronograph hands had a shiny red-orange tone, the Monaco’s steel markers were replaced by luminous bars. The formerly brushed steel case was coated in black PVD, a still very novel approach to case finishing at the time.

The black Monaco is considered the rarest of all Monacos and only a handful have ever appeared for sale in original form.  This particular example happens to belong to Arno Haslinger, and is in NOS condition with its original finish and red Heuer factory sticker still present on the case back. It comes with its box, original Heuer racing strap and rare black coated Heuer buckle.

This watch is just one of many available in Bonhams’ upcoming Haslinger Heuer sale.  Remember, all of you are invited to preview this watch and the rest of the collection on October 16th here in NYC. 

For more details on this completely original and incredibly rare vintage Heuer Black Monaco, click here. 


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