Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
We love vintage Heuers because they epitomize the essence of vintage racing chronographs, and the Montreal is one of the coolest - and now we have a pair of them!
The Montreal is a relatively obscure model that is little known outside of collector circles. Introduced in 1972 featuring a number of similar design cues to the more established Autavia and Carrera collections, the Montreal effortlessly exudes that "70s thing" we love so much. With an oversized cushion case with fine sunburst brushing, the case is remarkably similar to the Mark II Speedmaster, but is powered by the Calibre 12 automatic chronograph movement instead of the Omega's hand-cranker.
The Montreal gets practically no attention, even from aficionados of vintage Heuers. The model, first launched in 1972, ran for about four years with the in-house caliber 12 movement. Then production switched to the venerable Valjoux workhorse, the 7750. These watches are distinguished from their counterparts with their monochrome dials: black on black or blue on blue. The only break from the monotony of the dial was the hands or pulsation scales.
But the Monteal wasn't long for the world. Production ceased in 1983, eleven years after its conception. This makes the Montreal a rarity among Heuer chronographs, but no less worthy of attention.
This particular model, a Reference 110.503N, features a matte black dial with applied markers and contrasting white subsidiary registers and luminous red hands. Unlike our blue-dialed example, this reference has a white chapter ring settled between the outer Tachymetre/Pulsations scale and the hour markers on the inner dial, giving it an extra level of 70s funk.
In excellent condition throughout, this piece features an incredibly strong case with strong factory brushing, original fluted pushers, and signed crown. Super, super cool chronograph with a decidedly automotive flair - and currently overlooked by most collectors, though we suspect not for long...
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Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.