TAG Heuer Monza- The Ultimate Collector’s Guide

Last Updated on August 18, 2020 by Calibre 11

The Monza is a watch that has had three lives: it formed part of the TAG Heuer re-edition range in the early 2000s and was on sale for 5 years before being phased out. The Monza then returned in 2011 as a Limited Edition model- a different dial to the earlier model, but an identical case for a single year. And then finally in 2016, TAG Heuer relaunched the Monza to mark the 40th Anniversary of the model, by combining a tribute to the original Heuer Monza dial design with a PVD case of the 2000s re-editions.

While a popular watch with buyers, the die-hard collectors always had a bit of a problem with the Series, because while the Heuer Monza of the mid-1970s was a loved part of Heuer’s Chronomatic range, that watch looks nothing like the Monza re-edition.

Ultimate Guide To The Tag Heuer Monza
Monza Calibre 36- Ref. CR5110

To further confuse matters, the watch that lent its design to the Monza actually came from the 1930s, a fact that TAG Heuer didn’t really publicise first time around, meaning that many people- yours truly included- thought that the Monza re-edition was based on the Heuer Camaro.

As you’ll see, the Monza is notable for the high-end versions of the watch- not just the Calibre 36 Chronograph models, but several Yellow Gold and Rose Gold versions.

Origins of the Monza

Ultimate Guide To The Tag Heuer Monza

Above you see the 2000 Monza with its long-lost grandfather from the 1930s. You can read more about this early one-button chronograph here.

But to most Heuer collectors, the “Monza” is this watch below- a black PVD special edition of the Heuer Carrera.

Ultimate Guide To The Tag Heuer Monza

The original Heuer Monza was launched in 1976 to mark Ferrari’s World Championship in 1975 with Niki Lauda and Clay Regazzoni, and was on sale until the early 1980s.

Heuer Monza Re-edition

Ultimate Guide To The Tag Heuer Monza
References CR2110 (L) and CR2111 (R)

The first of the “new” Monza series released was the CR2110/ CR2111 you see above, available with a white or black dial. This first series did not have the Monza name on the dial- nor a TAG Heuer Logo- simply “Heuer”.

Interestingly, the second hand of the watch changed between the time that the catalogue photos were taken and  the time that the watch hit the shops- you will never see a CR2111 Monza with the sweeping second hand shown above.

TAG Heuer Monza

Ultimate Guide To The Tag Heuer Monza

After the initial re-edition series, TAG Heuer continued with the Monza, adding both “Monza” and “TAG Heuer” to the dial, and introducing several new versions. Note that these TAG Heuer versions have a different reference numbers, for example CR2110 (Heuer logo, black Calibre 17) became CR2113 (TAG Heuer logo, black Calibre 17). The White TAG Heuer Calibre 17 is reference CR2114.

Most notable in the Chronograph range was the beautiful Yellow Gold Monza Calibre 17.

Ultimate Guide To The Tag Heuer Monza
Calibre 17 Gold, Ref. CR514A

Monza Calibre 6

As the same time that the Monza got a TAG Heuer logo, a second version of the watch was announced- the Monza watch with the Automatic Calibre 6 (ETA 2895-1) movement.

Ultimate Guide To The Tag Heuer Monza
Calibre 6, Ref. WR2110

While the watch had a similar case to  the Chronograph, the dial was a lot simpler, as you’d expect from a three-hand watch. Like other models in the Monza range, the Calibre 6 also came in a Rose Gold model, which you see below.

Ultimate Guide To The Tag Heuer Monza
Calibre 6, Ref. WR5140

The dial on the Calibre 6 Rose Gold has a detailed “Flinque” effect on the dial, and detailed Clos de Paris finish on the 6 o’clock sub-dial.

Monza Calibre 36

Ultimate Guide To The Tag Heuer Monza
Calibre 36, Ref. CR5110

Sitting on top of the Monza range was the Calibre 36 Chronograph, a special edition of the watch with the famous COSC El Primero movement. The Calibre 36 Monza also used a Flinque-finish on the dial, as well as having two distinct sub-dial patterns- the 3 and 9 o’clock registers having a square outline, while the 6 o’clock register had a circular outline.

Ultimate Guide To The Tag Heuer MonzaNote also that the Calibre 36 Monza also uses a different design of Chronograph pusher than the standard Calibre 17 model (have to say, that I prefer the pushers on the Calibre 17) and has a sapphire caseback to show off the movement.

Ultimate Guide To The Tag Heuer Monza
Monza Calibre Rose Gold, Ref. CR5140

Finally, there was also a Rose Gold Calibre 36 Monza, which like the Calibre 6 version, had a highly detailed dial. While the mix of patterns is quite effective on the Calibre 6 watch, it all looks a little busy on the Chronograph- there is a lot going on, with different shapes for the sub-dials as well as two types of patterning on the dial.

 The Return of the Monza

Ultimate Guide To The Tag Heuer Monza
Calibre 36, Ref. CR5112

In 2011 TAG Heuer re-released the Monza Calibre 36, this time with a 1930s- style dial. You can read more about the new Monza re-edition here.

The Second Return of the Monza

Calibre 17, Ref. CR2080

At Baselworld 2016, TAG Heuer announced that the Monza would be brought back again- this time with a dial inspired by the 1976 original. you can read more about the new Monza here.

In Summary

The Monza is one of my favourite re-editions, and I have owned the black “Heuer” Monza watch since it was released in 2000. Interestingly, TAG Heuer CEO Jean-Christophe Babin told me in Basel that the Monza had always been a success with customers, but was a victim of the decision to reduce the number of mainstream TAG Heuer lines. In the end, it was either going to be the Monaco or the Monza that was dis-continued, and as much as I love the Monza, the right call was clearly made.

While loved by buyers, I do think that the Monza has suffered in the eyes of collectors because of its name. Looking back, it would have been easier to use a different name that hadn’t been used before,- almost without exception, the first thing that Heuer collectors will say about the watch is that it’s not a “real” re-edition of the Monza…that name “belonging” to the PVD Monza of the 1970s.

Despite this, the Monza is a beautiful series, and one that can be had today for a fraction of the cost of a new TAG Heuer sports Chronograph.