Pre-owned TAG Heuer Classic Monza watches at Watchmaster
At the beginning of September 1975, Niki Lauda took third place to retain top spot in the championship. He won his first world championship title and helped Ferrari reclaim the Formula 1 throne after more than a decade. Heuer
, the official timekeeper of Ferrari at the time, took this success as an opportunity to create a limited-edition watch series
. Since then, the TAG Heuer Classic Monza
has had a successful and equally eventful history.
The TAG Heuer Classic Monza
An entry-level watch with technical and visual surprises
The TAG Heuer Classic Monza
is a reissue of the series
from the 70s. The design and movement, however, were based on the vintage chronographs
of the 30s. As such, the series has developed a very unique character. The diameter of the Classic Monza is 38 mm with a height of 13 mm. Its compact design provides a secure fit on the wrist and makes it a particularly attractive choice for watch fans with narrower wrists. The adjustable bracelet is attached to a bar between the lugs of the case, meaning it can be adapted to fit any wrist circumference. The bracelet in fine crocodile effect leather closes with a folding clasp. In comparison to a pin buckle fastening, the material of the bracelet is protected, and the strap can’t be opened accidentally. Unlike the models from the original series, the case is not in black, but is instead crafted from polished stainless steel. The dial is covered in lots of details but is still clear to read. The Classic Monza
has three totalisers at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock and a well-positioned date window between 4 and 5 o'clock. Another highlight
of these models is their excellent readability in the dark
, which is helped by the fact that the hands and indices are covered with a luminescent coating
. The movement is a Calibre 17
, which is based on the ETA movement 28942 and provides a power reserve of 42 hours.
How much does a pre-owned TAG Heuer Classic Monza cost?
A pre-owned Classic Monza
is a great entry-level model from the wide range of TAG Heuer watches
on offer. We have put together some Classic Monza models
that are available at Watchmaster currently.
The most inexpensive Classic Monza (Ref. CR2114.FC6164) that we have is a pre-owned classic style piece with a white dial and a light brown leather strap. The watch is in a very good condition and is just €1,970.
If you prefer watches with a black dial, you should take a look at the Classic Monza model Ref. CR2110.FC6164. This pre-owned Classic Monza from 2003 comes with its original box and papers for just under €2,200.
A particularly elegant version of the Classic Monza is the Ref. CR2113.FC6164 with its black dial and a noble black leather strap to match. The original box and papers are also included in the price. You can choose flexible financing from €46 per month or pay the full amount of €2,830 immediately and have the watch in your hands in no time at all.
The history of the Classic Monza
The groundwork for the Monza was laid by the partnership between Heuer and Ferrari
, which lasted from 1971 to 1979. As the founder of the sports car manufacturer Enzo Ferrari, did not trust the official timekeepers of Formula 1, he commissioned Heuer
to produce a custom timepiece for the Ferrari racing team
. Thereafter, the logo of the Swiss watch brand was added to the racing team's overalls and cars. Despite their big ambitions, however, Ferrari went through a dry spell without any championship titles. Several years had already passed since the last victory of a Ferrari driver. But then Niki Lauda came along, who succeeded in taking Ferrari back to the top of Formula 1 with the help of the head of the racing team and chief designer.
To celebrate Lauda's first world championship title and the constructor's title for Ferrari, Heuer designed the Monza watch model
. The model is aptly named after the racecourse in Italy where Lauda secured the title. With this model there was a conscious effort to make a functional, purpose-built watch
. A special feature was the black coloured PVD case as well as a tachymeter scale
and a pulsometer
to measure heart rate. The Calibre 15 was a revised version of Calibre 11, one of the first automatic movements in the world. The Monza watch models were very popular, partly because of their affordable price, but the series was always overshadowed by other TAG Heuer series such as the Monaco
. At the turn of the millennium, the series was re-launched under its new name. However, the TAG Heuer Classic Monza
wasn’t so much of a reissue of the models from the 1970s but more of a reinterpretation of the original chronographs
from the 1930s made by the brand. The TAG Heuer Classic Monza turned out to be a commercial success
– but once again, competition from other models designed by the company was its downfall.
Since TAG Heuer wanted to concentrate on fewer models and series in the future, the choice between the Monza and Monaco had to be made with the latter prevailing – an understandable choice and an interesting turn of events for watch collectors. The short period that they were in production for and the relatively low price of pre-owned TAG Heuer Monza watches
make them a good investment
. Since the discontinuation of the Classic Monza at the end of the 2000s, second-hand models have enjoyed a continuous increase in value
Other popular series from TAG Heuer
If you're still fascinated by the theme of motor sport, you should take a look at the Formula 1 models. The designs of the timepieces draw inspiration from the speedometers of racing cars and exude sporty casualness.
It doesn’t get more cult than this: The Autavia dates back to the first stopwatches on board aircraft. In the 60s, the chronograph then found a place on the wrists of many watch collectors. The crown on the left side of the case and the V-shaped totalisers are truly iconic.
While the TAG Heuer Classic Monza is designed for land based sports, the Aquaracer is well suited to water sports. In particular, the variety of models available makes this series very popular with fans of TAG Heuer watches.
If you want to enter the world of TAG Heuer watches, the best choice is the Link. The series is aimed at both men and women and convinces with its urban flair.
The Carrera was not named after the famous toy racetrack, but after one of the most demanding races in South America, the Carrera Panamericana. It is one of the most popular watch series in the world thanks to its classic appearance, which has always been complemented by modern twists.
The Grand Carrera series by TAG Heuer is a perfect example of how to improve an already popular offering. A few exclusive improvements such as a sapphire crystal back or handmade watch indices made it possible to give the popular series a suitable update. Unique to the Grand Carrera is the rotating disc system that replaces the lower dial, making the dial clearer and easier to read.
It wouldn’t be a list of TAG Heuer series without it: The Monaco is as famous as it is mysterious. Worn by Steve McQueen, it gained worldwide popularity. In addition, the Monaco was extremely robust and was the first rectangular water-resistant watch, underlining its superior character.