This one wasn’t that easy. First, I thought of selecting a cheap fake TAG Heuer Carrera chronograph as an alternative. The watch designed by Jack Heuer in the 1960s has some proper racing heritage. But when visiting the TAG Heuer website, I noticed that the collections are a bit, well, messy. Then I realized that perhaps the best quality replica TAG Heuer watch with the greatest cult status is the Monaco.
It was worn by Steve McQueen in the movie Le Mans from 1971 (and not 1969 as Swiss made fake TAG Heuer suggests on its website). McQueen based his character on driver Jo Siffert and wanted to make sure he had the same or at least a similar watch on his wrist. Although Siffert wore the Autavia 1163, McQueen picked the best quality replica TAG Heuer Monaco 1133.
The current 1:1 fake TAG Heuer Monaco lineup led me to pick the blue-dialed version on a leather strap. However, it is also available with a stainless steel bracelet (reference CBL2111.BA0644) which will set you back an additional €400. Inside is Swiss movement replica TAG Heuer’s self-winding caliber 11, based on Sellita’s SW300-1 movement with an added chronograph module. The module is a Dubois-Dépraz 2006. As you can see, just like the original reference 1133, the crown is on the left while the chronograph pushers are on the right.
In my opinion, the 39mm TAG Heuer Monaco fake for men is quite a faithful edition of the original 1133. It is neither limited nor a special edition, but a standard model in the TAG Heuer collection. It’s a smart move to make a classic like this available for everyone. The retail price is €6,000.