TAG Heuer launched number two of five special Monaco watches, very appropriately, at the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Appropriate because it is as a result of Steve McQueen having worn the Monaco in his 1971 film, Le Mans that the timepiece truly became a cultural icon.

Of course, as a result of it being one of the first water-resistant square watches and one of the first to be powered an automatic-winding chronograph movement, the Monaco was already bound for horological greatness since it came into being in 1969.

Steve McQueen wearing the Heuer Monaco in a scene from Le Mans (1971).
Steve McQueen wearing the Heuer Monaco in a scene from Le Mans (1971).
TAG Heuer Monaco 1979–1989 Limited Edition “Le Mans” (Image © Revolution)
TAG Heuer Monaco 1979–1989 Limited Edition “Le Mans” (Image © Revolution)

This year on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, and that of the automatic caliber that Heuer powered the Monaco with back then, the Caliber 11, TAG Heuer has committed to release 5 special reeditions of the timepiece, each paying homage to a decade of the watch’s existence. You can read more about the limited-edition watch launched in dedication to the first decade of its existence, 1969-1979, here.

The second special edition launched over the weekend is, therefore, dedicated to 1979–1989. The watch in question is the classic 39mm square steel cased Monaco powered by the modern version of the Calibre 11 automatic movement.

TAG Heuer Monaco 1979–1989 Limited Edition “Le Mans”
TAG Heuer Monaco 1979–1989 Limited Edition “Le Mans”

The Monaco 1979–1989 Limited Edition stands apart with its red sunray finished dial and brushed rhodium-plated subsidiary counters. The watch will be made in a limited number of 169 pieces.

Technical Specifications

Movement

TAG Heuer Automatic Calibre 11; hours and minutes; small seconds at 3 o’clock; chronograph with seconds and minutes; 40-hour power reserve

Case

39 mm steel; water-resistant to 100m

Strap

Black calfskin leather strap with polished folding stainless-steel clasp

Limited edition of 169 pieces.

TAG Heuer Monaco 1979–1989 Limited Edition “Le Mans”