The most recent emphasis of the TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf watch was acquainted a year ago with praise the 50th commemoration of the connection between the brand and Gulf hustling. My experience with the watch prompted the acknowledgment that it might be my #1 Monaco of all. I put in half a month with the marvelous, exemplary blue dial Monaco a year ago at the eponymous Grand Prix. 10 years since the last Monaco Gulf and the plan in addition to type 11 development is a champ. TAG Heuer charges no premium for the Gulf version over the standard type 11 ($5,900) which further attested my adoration.

TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf Explained

I need to state that while I’d actually favor this Monaco Gulf, I was truly glad to see the manufactured carbon Bamford version (haters to one side) delivered recently at Baselworld. TAG’s trust in the adaptability of the Monaco style comes through in the concurrence of these altogether different interpretations.


Since this most up to date Monaco Gulf watch is just elaborately not quite the same as the standard TAG Heuer Monaco type 11 , I need to invest some energy experiencing the advancement of the Gulf Monaco so everybody can comprehend its unique situation, development, and history. Exceptional gratitude to TAG Heuer history enthusiasts Caliber 11 who laid out the historical backdrop of these watches which you can look at here .

TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf ‘Vintage’ ref. CW2118 & ref. CW211A (2005-2007)

This Monaco Gulf commends the 50th commemoration among TAG and Gulf, the principal Gulf Monaco turned out in 2005. The TAG Heuer ‘Vintage’ Monaco reference CW2118 was a restricted release run of 4,000 watches with a white dial highlighting red and blue stripes. These were roused by the shades of Steve McQueen’s dashing suit in Le Mans. The delivery in 2005 likewise concurred with McQueen’s 75th birthday.

Like with all Gulf Monacos before this most recent model, the crown is looking into it left close by the chronograph pushers. It was, the solitary Monaco without “Gulf” on the dial (read the Caliber 11 article for subtleties). This model has the changed ETA type 17 development housed in the more modest 38mm x 38mm, 13mm thick case. While it was a restricted release run, it’s not very hard to track down one of these on the optional market ( here are the current postings on Chrono24 ) going between around $3,500-$6,000 relying upon condition, box, and papers.


The second emphasis was the Gulf II Monaco ref. CW211A which was actually equivalent to its archetype however with another dial. Presently dark with orange and blue, it was a tribute to McQueen’s Gulf Oil Porsche 911 in Le Mans. It likewise includes the Gulf logo on the dial, with the ‘Monaco’ text moved to 12 o’clock. Likewise with the CW2118, this Gulf II Monaco arrived in a restricted version run of 4,000 units. These are harder to discover than the white-dialed adaptation, likely on the grounds that the dark dial simply looks better. There are a couple of units accessible ( current postings here ) going between $3,500-$6,500.

TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf CAW2113 Caliber 12 (2009)

Two years after the fact saw the restricted version Monaco Gulf ref. CAW2113 for certain tasteful changes just as another case and new movement.

The new dial traded out the dark dial for a metallic dim with blue/orange stripes while curiously likewise supplanting the dark date window. They supplanted the coordinating dark dial with a white date window instead of having it coordinate the dim dial. The change from the type 17 to the type 12 wasn’t actually that enormous of an arrangement. It denoted the utilization of a Dubois-Depraz chronograph module as opposed to an ETA chronograph module.

The new case size here developed by 1mm to 39mm x 39mm and 14mm thick with a show caseback. Another restricted version run of 4,000 units, the then-refreshed CAW2113 appears to bring around similar costs as the initial two Gulf Monacos ( postings here ) with around twelve accessible units between $4,000-$6,500.

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TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf CAW211R Caliber 11 (2018)

After 9 years, we arrive at the watch I talk about at this point. There are a couple of refinements that I think make this the most wearable and most attractive current Monaco (close by its exemplary blue cousin). The square instance of the Monaco has consistently been its most effectively recognizable and observable component. It’s in reality lovely great how a square watch, with the crown on the correct side of the case and chronograph pushers on the left side, a high raised box sapphire precious stone, and a blue/orange dial figures out how to not in the least feel like it’s “to an extreme” in any way.

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The 39mm x 39mm case is an ideal square, with short carries and 47mm haul to drag. At the point when you factor in the gem, the case thickness is close to 15mm. There are straight lines yet the somewhat padded case shape goes far. Generally, in not causing it to feel like there is a crate on your wrist.

tag heuer monaco gulf on wrist

The dial is spread out like the standard Monaco Caliber 11, yet with the Gulf shading plan. At 9 o’clock is the 30-minute chronograph counter and at 3 o’clock is the running seconds sub-dial. I won’t get into itemizing every part of the sunray brushed dial here since there is such a lot of content previously expounded on the Monaco. It truly comes down to cherishing the case and the Gulf Oil shading plan in this watch.

What I do think integrates the entire bundle here is the tie. A basic punctured blue calfskin lash with orange sewing, I can’t envision a superior decision here. The cowhide on the tie is firm without being unbending, feels and looks very good quality yet at the same time energetic, and is effectively changed via the twofold wellbeing press catches on the collapsing fasten. It’s fundamentally the same as the lash on the standard Monaco Caliber 11, however I would like to give TAG Heuer acknowledgment for relinquishing the gator ties that all the past Gulf Monaco watches went ahead. They simply didn’t coordinate the watch by any stretch of the imagination, in my opinion.

TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf Caliber 11 development (Old & New)

It’s not information now, but rather I need to address the Caliber 11 development. This is on the grounds that the first 1969 Caliber 11 is an exemplary development, which was a joint exertion between Heuer, Breitling, Büren, and Dubois-Dupraz. A great many people will realize it as being one of the main programmed chronographs, an honor that watch devotees can’t exactly discover agreement on between the Heuer Caliber 11, the Zenith El Primero, and Seiko’s 6139A.

The unique Monaco utilized the first Caliber 11, which incidentally turned out to be the primary square-cased programmed chronograph. Strangely, TAG Heuer utilized a similar name for the Caliber 11 utilized in the Monaco Gulf. Setting aside terminology astuteness, the Caliber 11 is noticeable through the show caseback. It’s a gorgeous development and one that has substantiated itself deserving of the name in the couple of years it’s been around. It’s a changed Sellita base development with a Dubois-Depraz module bringing about a development that works at 28,800 vph, has a 40-hour power hold, and obviously, takes into account the crown on the left half of the case.

TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf & Mid-Century Modern Design

Gulf Oil’s relationship with hustling, Steve McQueen, and TAG Heuer has had a large number of words committed to it. In any case, I don’t believe that affiliation completely clarifies why the plan is simply so engaging in an innocently nostalgic manner. At any rate, it generally has been for me, personally.

First off, I believe it’s a marvel of present day marking that a relationship with a oil company leaves no pessimistic ramifications in people’s minds. This is likely because of the way that the company crested during the center of the twentieth century. This is the point at which the idea of car possession and the American roadway framework became images of public thriving. These were a long time far before issues like environmental change. It was likewise before industry PR bad dreams like the Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon oil slicks, and stresses of over-reliance on unfamiliar oil set apart by the 1973 Oil Crisis.


Also worth referencing is the Gulf logo’s orange and blue shading plan. These tones were pervasive among mid-century present day plan, which has surely been ‘in’ for as far back as quite a long while. (What Los Angeles inhabitant hasn’t licentiously perused Sunbeam Vintage?) As pervasive as Rudolph de Harak book covers are the nearly sherbet like oranges found in old inside plan photographs or on scenes of Mad Men.

Starting during the 1960s, Gulf Oil boss Charles Whiteford and NBC boss Robert Kintner struck an arrangement where Gulf would support early evening “moment news specials. This understanding kept going the decade, right through 1973. The relationship of the Apollo 11 space mission and the Omega Speedmaster is one watch devotees know about (misrepresentation of reality of the year?) however Gulf Oil was another brand to become permanently attached to the moon mission… alongside powdered space traveler juice, Tang.

Gulf Oil “introduced” the news extraordinary, Gulf Oil promotions ran during ABC’s inclusion of the dispatch, and some anchor work areas even had the Gulf Oil logo on them. The video above is a commonplace illustration of what I’m talking about.


From 1963 to 1980, Gulf Oil had a concurrence with Holiday Inn which was America’s greatest inn network. They concurred so the inn acknowledged Gulf Mastercards and Gulf set up service stations at the lodgings. I realize this isn’t the hottest marking story, however these Holiday Inn/Gulf Oil areas were all over. They truly dabbed the whole of the US Highway framework. It would be close to difficult to not partner travels, relaxes, and lengthy drives with these two famous brands.

These fell in fame close to the furthest limit of their life expectancy, yet Gulf Oil collected generosity during these years. Most watch aficionados and brands legitimately center around Gulf hustling. In any case, I needed to examine how the Gulf Oil brand rose above the Oil business. The aftereffect of this made for enduring and peculiar partnerships.

How I Wore The Tag Heuer Monaco Gulf

I had this watch during Summer, so making an outfit work with it wasn’t hard. You’re truly all set with any casual shirt, polo, or a handcuffed long-sleeve shirt.

I truly wouldn’t wear it with a standard tailored suit, however. In any case, the privilege dressed down or summer suit functions admirably with this. Truth be told, I wore it with an unstructured light blue cotton-material suit (no tie, easygoing conservative shirt) and it looked incredible. I wish I had coordinated my socks with the watch, in retrospect.

I wore the watch while I was at the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Spring where I truly was dominated in the coordinating style division by an individual essayist who had a vintage calfskin Heuer coat that truly embarrassed most others. That  won’t consider that an ordinary matching though.

*This is another survey highlight that I am thinking about adding to my audits. The thought came to me whenever I had sent the Monaco Gulf back to TAG Heuer, yet I’ll join photographs from this point forward. Tell me your opinion/i>

TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf Competition

The Monaco Gulf version is a surprising piece to consider careful comparisons to. The first would simply be to the standard Monaco, so the degree covers competition to the Monaco line by and large. I need to state that at $5,900 the Monaco is a great deal of value for the money. I know there are a huge load of inconceivable and imposing chronographs out there (Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch & Zenith El Primero to name some conspicuous ones in this value range) however actually, I’d preferably have the Monaco Gulf be my go-to chronograph since it can’t be beaten as far as unadulterated character.

There are numerous Speedys and Zeniths out there that will satisfy chronograph sweethearts. Notwithstanding, the nearest competitor for the Monaco could be another TAG Heuer.

The TAG Heuer Monza was re-delivered as a 40th-commemoration reissue back in 2016 and it was completely a dark PVD shocker. We covered the Monza a considerable amount when it was first delivered, however it actually flies under the radar. The shade of the Monaco Gulf is  the visual inverse of the dull style of the Monza, however. Of course, the $5,450 value makes it a smidgen of a preferred arrangement over the Monaco.

Chopard Mille Miglia & Grand Prix De Monaco Historique

Named after the eponymous Italian “Thousand Mile” race, the Chopard Mille Miglia has been an idiosyncratic chronograph that has been a shockingly moderate passage to Chopard. Amusingly, Chopard has their own “Monaco” as the Grand Prix De Monaco Historique watch , which brings out comparative dashing roused style however in a general more refined hustling chronograph package.

At $6,000, the Mille Miglia and $7,390 for the Grand Prix De Monaco Historiques, both cost more than the TAG. The Chopard has a more “European” feel over the TAG, as I would like to think. At that point obviously, the exemplary round case shape takes it back to a matter of taste. While not comparable, I think these Chopard watches tap similar profound connection among watches and racing.

Glashutte Original Sixties Iconic Square

In terms of style, TAG Heuer and Glashutte Original are nothing similar to one another. I promptly thought about the Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches as competition for the Tag Heuer Monaco. These retro-enlivened pad formed chronographs camee in an assortment of shadings however in restricted numbers. This demonstrates how troublesome it truly is to discover really initially planned, fun, square/pad molded chronographs. Cost is essentially more, however the recycled market seems to have some sound limits on the retail cost of $9,700.

Bell & Ross BR-03-94 Aero GT Orange

This one is a longshot, however a pick that just sounded good to me. The Bell & Ross BR-03-94 Aero GT Orange goes the inverse hyper-current way as opposed to the work of art, vintage-enlivened Tag Heuer Monaco Gulf. The watches are square formed chronographs that are investigating some comparative shading palettes yet in their own particular manner. Pondering these two causes me to recall why I love observes so a lot, genuinely. Such extraordinary yet cool understandings of hustling propelled watches that are quickly unmistakable and fill in as models of their image personality. Cost for the Bell & Ross is a smidgen more at $8,800.

Some more moderate options for the Tag Heuer Monaco Gulf  just happen to both be from Zodiac. These two models are the Grandrally and the Sea Dragon Chronograph.

The Tag Heuer Monaco Gulf is one of my number one regular destroy watches there, period. That’s saying a great deal in light of the fact that it’s a chronograph that isn’t thin. Those are two factors that frequently contrarily sway my assessment on a watch. I am enchanted each time I take a stab at the Gulf due to the character a lot. Once more, cost for the Tag Heuer Monaco Gulf Special Edition is $5,900 and you can look at it at the  Tag Heuer site .

Necessary Data

>Brand: Tag Heuer

>Model: Monaco Gulf Special Edition

>Price: $5,900 USD

>Size: 39mm x 39mm (47mm drag to carry) and 15mm thick

>When analyst would actually wear it: Honestly, this and my Rolex Explorer II would be in furious competition for my ordinary watch that can be spruced up for most occasions.

>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Someone who is prepared for their second or third extravagance watch, and may be dunking their toes into the chronograph world.

>Best normal for watch: The style and finish.

>Worst normal for watch: I realize the thick gem bugs a few people. I don’t actually think it’s an issue, a

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