TAG Heuer McLaren F1 Watch

  • Justin

    Great summary David – especially about the car!

    My bad as I failed to mention that all owners also received an artbook of all of Murray's sketches and designs of the F1, a full set of titanium tools and diagnostics computer(all tailored specifically for the F1).

    Ironically, the name "McLaren F1" was not from it's F1 heritage but rather they wanted to make the "McLaren F1, 39 steps ahead of the F40" according to Murray.

    Erik – does the back housing also have the chassis number etched into it? Also, which number do you have? Maybe we can track down it's previous celebrity owner (laughs).

    Peleton – hello to a fellow McLaren F1 fanatic!

  • jps

    Interesting thread!

    I was given one of the employees’ versions of this watch around 1985, and have worn it occasionally since then. Although I see it as an heirloom watch it would be good to know more about it – thanks for this article, David. Does anyone have any idea how to go about getting more information about it’s value, and perhaps how to sell it? email me on the above @europe.com.

    I was involved with McLaren over a number of years and was privileged to have worked on the new factory at Woking – happy days!

    jps

  • DC

    Hi JPS,

    Great to have someone who has worked with McLaren take the time to post. Its always been my favourite team and is probably what first got me interested in TAG Heuer- the first F1 season I watches in full was 1988, with TAG Heuer's logo on the windshield of the two McLaren-Hondas.

    Not sure about the date though? If you're talking about the 6000-series for the owners of the F1 Roadcar, that wouldn't have appeared until the early 1990s.

    David

  • MrRevill

    I'm currently trying to identify my watch and it looks very similar to the examples above, but with a white face and no F1 mark on the bottom. You may notice that there is a small chip on the front and a loose part in the back, but I want to get this fixed up. Can anyone tell me if there is any relation to the watches above and a rough valuation with/without getting it fixed up?

    http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x389/MrRevill

    http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x389/MrRevill

  • DC

    Sorry MrRevill- doesn't look like a genuine TAG Heuer to me.

    dc

  • James

    Hi,

    Fascinating article!

    I just inherited one of these (non-owners version) from my father. He worked with McLaren throughout the 90’s and was a personal friend of Ron Dennis. Ron gave this watch to my dad as a gift, and needless to say it was very special to him. For years he would not wear it, but then finally decided to. He wore it everywhere after that! At the beach, while redecorating, etc. He got plenty of use out of it, but of course now the watch shows significant signs of wear.

    Which brings me to the point. I would like to hold onto this watch as a family heirloom, because of what it meant to my father. I would like to restore it somewhat. Not necessarily to like new condition, but to usable condition. The braided leather strap needs replacing for instance, and that is proving impossible to locate. Does anyone have a recommendation for how to service/repair this rare watch? Should it go back to Tag (do they even do that?) or an authorized Tag dealer? Or any reputable jeweler/watchmaker? Any idea where to look for the strap, or was the same strap ever used on another Tag watch that might prove easier to locate and buy for the strap?

    Thanks for any advice or assistance…

    James.

  • DC

    Hi James,

    I love watches with good stories- having a well-worn watch that was a gift from Ron Dennis has enormous sentimental value and its great that you are holding on to it.

    Servicing the watch should be simple- its a fairly standard ETA movement. Likewise, the strap should be something that TAG Heuer have.

    Getting work done on the case is something that involves more risk and skill- it can be done, but I'd be very careful. At one extreme, you could simply get a brand new case…many people would say to keep it in its well-worn condition, replace the strap, service and enjoy.

    That's probably what I'd do too.

    Feel free to send me an e-mail if you do decide to send it to TAG Heuer- I can try and help

    dc

  • tom

    Hi,

    I also worked for Mclaren for many years until the early days of their new factory,and was presented with a WH5214 (non owners). I am seriously contemplating selling it, as it only gathers dust in a draw.I recieved a more personal gift from my work colleagues at the time that is more important to me,as nice as the watch is. Have you any idea where would be the best market,ebay etc, to sell it, and a rough estimate for a price it might expect to fetch.

    Thanks, Tom.

    • DC

      Hi Tom. I reckon you'll get the best price for this from an F1/ Collectors website- they'll value the fact that it was owned by a McLaren employee…I'd speak to them first for their idea on value.

      I haven't seen many of these for sale, so don't feel confident giving you a price- but more than $2000 and less than $5000…and not necessarily in the middle.

      Cheers

      David

  • tom

    Thanks for the info David, much appreciated.

    Regards,

    Tom.

  • stevo

    Hi, I have a brand new old stock TAG Heuer 6000 McLaren F1 non owners version of this watch which I am listing on E-Bay for sale over the weekend. The watch is 100% new and unused in mint condition. It comes fully boxed with the original owners manual and warranty card. I will post details here once I get the listing up and running.

    Stevo

  • stevo

    Hi, My TAg Heuer 6000 F1 V12 watch is now listed on E-Bay. Its brand new old stock and fully boxed.

    Cheers Stevo

  • DC

    Stevo, good luck with the sale.

    For those interested, the sale is here:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/TAG-Heuer-6000-WH5214-McL

  • Francois

    Very insight full thanks David, great artical.

    Amd I thought my Kirium McLaren was rare lol

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