Anatomy of an Invoice -- McQueen's Monacos

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There are few associations between a hero and his watch that have the enduring strength of the connection between Steve McQueen and his Heuer Monaco, worn in the film Le Mans. Introduced in 1969 and worn by McQueen in 1970, the “McQueen Monaco” has been re-issued in numerous configurations over the last 20 years. Pick

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Auction Report – Three Interesting Heuers Sold Today (December 10, 2014)

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Today, we saw two “live” auctions of interesting vintage Heuer chronographs, a black PVD-coated Heuer Monaco, Reference 74033, and an Abercrombie & Fitch Seafarer, Reference 2443. In this posting, we’ll take a quick look at these two watches and the results of the sales. We will also take a look at a Heuer Carrera, Reference

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Determining Authenticity -- Vintage Heuer Monacos

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Of all the vintage Heuer chronographs that we see, the Monaco Reference 73663 B (three register, manual wind Monaco, with a blue dial) may win the prize for being the model with the highest percentage of fakes, refinished dials, replacement hands and other issues of authenticity. In some instances, only one element has been replaced,

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Heuer Timepieces in the Film Le Mans

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In the community of vintage Heuer enthusiasts, the story of how Steve McQueen came to wear a Monaco chronograph in the film Le Mans has been told many times. Indeed, Jean-Christophe Babin, ex-CEO of TAG Heuer (2001-2013) has proclaimed that “Jack [Heuer’s] greatest achievement is to have succeeded in placing a ‘Monaco’ chronograph on the

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The Chronomatics -- Rarest of the Vintage Heuers

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For vintage watch collectors, the difference between a “grail” watch and an ordinary watch is often a matter of small details. The texture of the paint, the length of a hash mark, the style of the serifs or the aging of the lume can all affect the collectability and value of a vintage watch. The

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Heuer Monaco, Worn by McQueen -- Part Two

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As described in our first posting covering the McQueen-worn Monacos, I am aware of four Heuer Monacos said to have been “worn by McQueen” during the production of the movie Le Mans, as follows:

worn by McQueen during the filming of the movie, Le Mans; sold by the property master in the early 2000s; now

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Heuer Monaco, Worn by McQueen -- Part Three

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I am aware of four Heuer Monacos said to have been “worn by McQueen”, as follows:

worn by McQueen during the filming of the movie, Le Mans; sold by the property master in the early 2000s; now in the TAG Heuer Museum, in Switzerland. worn by McQueen during the still photography / promotional shots for

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Two Recent Sales of Steve McQueen’s Le Mans Racing Suit -- $829,000 Left on the Table

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If you have ever been mad at yourself for selling a watch at a price that turned out to be a shade too low, consider the case of Morry Barmak, owner of “Collector Studio”, a gallery of motorsports art and memorabilia located in Toronto, Canada. Morry recently had the good fortune of selling Steve McQueen’s

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TAG Heuer Monaco 24, in the Land of Make Believe

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Let’s play a game with the TAG Heuer Monaco 24, as follows: Let’s say that you collect vintage Heuer chronographs, primarily the racing chronographs from the 1960s and 1970s (Autavia, Carrera, Monaco, Silverstone, Montreal, etc.). You are a committed collector, who enjoys the style and history of these watches, as well as the fact that

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