In January of this year, I posted an article on Calibre 11 about the various McLaren- branded TAG Heuer watches released over the last few years, which you can read here.
1998 was a special year for McLaren, as it produced their first Drivers and Constructors World Championships since Ayrton Senna supported by Gerhard Berger triumphed in 1991.
In fact, despite having the services of four World Champions since 1998- Hakkinen, Hamilton, Raikkonen and Alonso- several years of Adrian Newey-designed cars and the backing of Mercedes-Benz, McLaren has not won the Constructors title since that 1998 victory, let alone the Drivers- Constructors double.So this makes the 1998 a banner year for McLaren fans and this 1998 box-set of McLaren TAG Heuer’s a rare slice of memorabilia.
There were only 200 of these sets produced, each with three watches:
- Mika Hakkinen 6000 Series
- David Coulthard S/el Series
- West McLaren Mercedes S/el Series
This particular box-set is for sale on Ebay at the moment for a fixed price of GBP 5,250. That is a significant price for any Heuer/ TAG Heuer collector, but for the ardent McLaren fans, this is the only one of these sets that I have ever seen on the market. The seller states that all the watches are un-worn and complete with all documentation.
Perhaps the answer is to back Jenson Button to secure the trifecta of pole position, fastest lap and the race victory in this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix. GBP 210 placed at the odds of 25-1 would see you with enough winnings to take home this set without having to worry about the price.
Thanks to Steve Dadson for pointing out this auction and to the seller, Premier Brands Boutique, for allowing Calibre 11 to post the images (for the record, on a no-fee/commission/ anything basis).
Premier Brands Boutique