1. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Dec 19, 2018

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    A couple of years ago I bought a NOS Heuer Monza case- the 38mm steel version from 2001.
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    My plan was to find a donor watch and fit it into the new case. I already have the black dial model and so was on the look out for a white Heuer-branded watch in need of some TLC. A couple of days ago, I found what I was after- here it is
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    It's a little hard to tell the true condition of the watch, but that wasn't really a priority for me.

    I've managed to track down a new leather strap, and so hopefully by the end of January, I'll have a "new" Monza...will post updates on how it all comes together!
     
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  2. Jim Dollares

    Jim Dollares Dec 19, 2018

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    :thumbsup: Thanks for sharing! Is this model among your favorite Tags? If I remember correctly you have owned the black dial one for a long time?
     
  3. Hubert

    Hubert Dec 19, 2018

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    Cool project! In for the pics!
     
  4. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Dec 19, 2018

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    Yes, I love this model..it was the first TAG Heuer that I bought myself back in 2000 and it's still one of my favourites, so can't wait to see the white one come back to life!

    The Calibre 36 Gold Chrono is also pretty special, but another league in terms of pricing.
     
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  5. imagwai

    imagwai Dec 19, 2018

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    You doing the work yourself David? Would be great to see a few shots of the process as well if possible but looking forward to seeing the end product.
     
  6. Mr_Orange

    Mr_Orange Dec 19, 2018

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    Looking forward to seeing the finished article.
     
  7. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Dec 19, 2018

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    No, I am totally incapable on the technical side, so I'll be handing this over to a local watchmaker. Will this work out to be any cheaper than simply buying a good second Monza from eBay? Let's see, but maybe not :whistling:

    Still, that's not why I'm doing it..quite like hunting down the various bits and pieces. Sadly I can't find the correct strap (FC6161) and so am using FC6164, which is the same strap, but with "TAG Heuer" embossed on the underside instead of "Heuer".
     
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  8. elbeik

    elbeik Dec 20, 2018

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    Heading to a great outcome.
    Did you also get a new crystal?

    I wouldn't worry about the strap; in fact, I would go custom.
     
  9. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Dec 20, 2018

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    There is a crystal just doesn't look like it! The case came with crystal and both pushers...only thing it's missing is the crown.

    I guess that this was a service case as there is no reference number engraved on the back.
     
  10. THJunkie

    THJunkie Dec 20, 2018

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    Good luck with the project.

    Though I was a little disappointed (personally) as I’d mistaken the heading to mean a new monza release which i’d love to see Tag do. I much orefer the steel case to the current black coated one.
     
  11. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Jan 8, 2019

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    Step 1 is done- picked up the new strap yesterday. Not cheap, but lucky to find a NOS one. The other steps are much more interesting, I promise! I'll pick up the watch next week, so will share plenty of "before" photos

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  12. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Jan 13, 2019

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    OK, here she is...and I was very happy when I opened the box this morning. The watch is in exactly the condition I thought it was...a bit tired and well-used, but no major obvious issues. I would have felt bad swapping the cases if the original was in better condition. Likewise, I wasn't sure about whether the watch needed a new strap, but now that it's arrived I can safely say that the original is well and truly done.

    The only external parts I'll be keeping are the crown and the clasp..both of which are OK, but a bit beaten around, especially the clasp as you'd expect. It seems to be keeping time OK, but will see what the watchmaker says when he has pulled it apart

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  13. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Jan 13, 2019

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    This could be one of the shortest, least dramatic "project" threads ever!

    I dropped the watch and case/ strap off a few hours ago, thinking it night be gone for a couple of weeks...nope, I'm picking it up in an hour or so!
     
  14. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Jan 13, 2019

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    BTW, I should also include the costs so far:
    - NOS Case: EUR240 [US$275]
    - Monza: US$1100
    - New Strap: A$450 (!) [US$320]
    - Total: US$1,695..plus about $50 for the watchmaker
     
  15. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Jan 13, 2019

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    OK, almost done:
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    Not surprisingly, now that the watch has a nice case and strap, the deployant looks a bit scruffy. Found a NOS one on eBay, so that is on the way. The only issue is that the watch needs a new crown as the seals have gone...that one is on back-order.

    But very happy with the watch as it's just the perfect size for me. As much as I like the 40th Anniversary model, it does feel huge compared to the 38mm original.
     
  16. heuer1860

    heuer1860 Jan 13, 2019

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    Very nice David.
    This story reminded me of where my watch collecting began.
    Back in 2001-02 while on a family holiday in the Gold Coast, I spotted 2 watches which I absolutely fell in love with. A black faced Monaco re-edition and black faced Monza re-edition.
    I fell in love with them both but ended up purchasing the Monza as I thought the Monaco was too big for me (I had a few less pounds on me then) and that was the beginning of my love of Heuer.
    As they both just had the Heuer Shield on them, I suppose you could say I feel in love with Heuer before Tag Heuer.
    I just loved the simplicity of the Heuer logo and still do to this day...maybe too much my wife might say.

    Anyway, a nice project David, well done.
     
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  17. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Jan 13, 2019

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    Thanks Darren. You know, I bought my Monza back in 2000 for exactly the same reason: I was looking at the Monaco, but just couldn't get my head around wearing such a large, square watch...so the Monza seemed perfect. I wore my Monza every day from 2000 through to 2005 when the vintage bug began to bite...but like you, I was into the re-editions first.
     
  18. Mr_Orange

    Mr_Orange Jan 14, 2019

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    They are expensive down under aren't they!!!
     
  19. elbeik

    elbeik Jan 14, 2019

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    That is a beautiful watch; congrats David - and don't you think of selling it a couple of years down the road!
     
  20. OttoWilliam

    OttoWilliam Jan 14, 2019

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    Is that the strap with the clasp or just the strap ?