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Model: Monza ref. 150.501 cal. 15 Automatic Chronograph (PVD); serial number 344,XXX; Swiss Made circa 1976
Case: PVD-coated case with stainless steel screw-down caseback is approximately 39mm excluding the correct "fluted" pushers and "HEUER" signed crown
Strap: 20mm thin black genuine leather strap with matching PVD-coated tang buckle
Movement: Heuer cal. 15 self-winding automatic chronograph movement (17 jewels) with date at 6 o'clock; 21,600 BPH; Swiss Made; bridge is properly signed "HEUER CAL. 15"
Features: Stunning matte black dial with vibrant red accents and pulsometer/tachymeter scales; two-register chronograph with 30-minute recording capability; date window at 6 o'clock; attractive PVD case with nice patina
Condition: Fantastic original condition overall with minor honest wear to the PVD-coated case; near-perfect original matte black dial with nice yellow Tritium patina; original Tritium handset with matching patina; crisp stainless steel caseback with defined engravings and reference number clearly visible; serial number on caseback is worn, but remains very lightly visible
Other: Vintage Heuer is hotter than ever and we all know how difficult it is to find superb, original examples. In fact, a comparable example of this same reference recently hammered for $6,875 including the buyer premium at Christie's Rare Watches and American Icons auction on June 21st, 2017 in New York. According to Christie's, "the Heuer Monza was created to celebrate Niki Lauda’s first Formula One world championship title with Ferrari in 1976. Heuer was the official teamkeep for the Ferrari team from 1971 to 1979 and Jack Heuer presented the team with these watches to celebrate their victory." The watch was of course named after the famous racetrack in Italy. If you're a fan of motor racing like we are, you need a vintage Heuer Monza in your collection.
This particular example is very special because it comes with some history and directly from the original owner, James Q. James purchased this Heuer Monza in 1976 shortly after buying his first Porsche Carrera Turbo. He used the watch to record his autocross lap times during club competitions in the car. We have included two photographs of James. The first photograph shows him racing his 1968 Porsche 911L (modified to perform at a higher level than stock) at Zone 6 (western United States) Porsche Club Of America championship autocross, which was held at the Jackson Hole, Wyoming Airport in 1969. He won the event, coming in first place overall. The second photograph was taken for an article in Salt Lake Magazine in 1977. You can see his black 1977 Porsche 930 Carrera Turbo, which was also modified to a great extent. James won several Porsche Club events while driving that car. He later married the woman in the black dress at the Great Salt Lake Marina.