— 1969 saw the launch of the Heuer Monaco, Swiss replica watchmaking’s first square automatic waterproof chronograph. Forty-six years on, this sports Replica Watches remains a stalwart of the TAG Heuer catalogue.
In 1969 the world of Swiss watchmaking experienced a mini-revolution: it was the first time anyone had seen a chronograph with a square case, and it was waterproof to boot. Its name was the Replica Heuer Monaco. With its big square case, uncompromising corners, metallic blue dial, bright red direct-drive seconds hand and domed plastic crystal, not forgetting its famous left-mounted crown, this bold design shattered the aesthetic codes of traditional watchmaking. At its heart beat the Chronomatic Calibre 11, the first automatic chronograph movement to go on sale in the history of watchmaking.