To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Gulf Racing Stripes, Tag Heuer has just announced a new Monaco Gulf Oil special edition watch. The Monaco series was born in 1969 and is the world’s first square waterproof self-winding chronograph. In 1971, Steve McQueen wore a photo in the ‘Le Mans’ movie, making it a classic explosion. In the film, Michael Delaney, played by Steve McQueen, is sponsored by Gulf Oil, and the racing suit and Porsche 917 are decorated with blue, white and orange stripes. In fact, the stripes came before the film in 1967.
This is not the first Gulf Oil special edition watch released by TAG Heuer, in fact this is the fourth. The first was the Monaco Vintage CW2118 watch, which came out in 2005, with a limited edition of 4,000. This watch may not be considered a member of the Gulf Oil family because the dial is decorated with ‘Monaco’ (instead of ‘Gulf Oil’) and red and blue stripes (instead of orange and light blue stripes).
Steve McQueen wears the original Tag Heuer Monaco watch in the Le Mans movie (1971).
The second model is the Monaco Gulf II CW211A watch, which came out in 2007, just before the 40th anniversary of the Gulf Racing Stripes. The third is the Monaco Gulf III CAW2113 watch, which came out in 2009 with anthracite dial and decorated with orange and light blue racing stripes. In 2010, Tag Heuer also launched a Monaco PCA watch for the Porsche Club of the United States.
Dial with Gulf Oil stripes and logo
The new Monaco Gulf Oil special edition watch is 39 mm in diameter. The stainless steel case has an iconic square shape. Equipped with Caliber 11 automatic winding movement, it can provide a 40-hour power reserve, and a date display window at 6 o’clock. Cumulative timers are set at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, and both use rounded square design.
The biggest difference of this special edition watch is the dial color scheme-the dark navy dial is decorated with orange and light blue stripes on the right side. In addition, the watch is also equipped with a blue calfskin racing strap and decorated with orange stitching, further accentuating the theme color. Before September 15th, Tag Heuer’s new Monaco Gulf Oil Special Edition watch can be pre-ordered online for $ 5,900, equivalent to approximately RMB 39,000.