TAG Heuer Monaco Homages
A Few Worthy Candidates

You might instinctively recognise  the TAG Heuer Monaco from it’s ground-breaking square design, first launched back in 1969. Or perhaps you know it from the Le Mans movie in 1971, or the more recent use in Breaking Bad.

Either way, there is no escaping the unique and timeless modern design of the Monaco, no matter how many homages you have seen.

Having said that, it is actually not so easy to find a good alternative to this watch today. There are are few, but not quite as many as I expected when I dug deep on the internet to pay homage to this classic watch.

Here is what I found…

Our Top Picks

Best Homage

Boss HB-1005 Chrono

Boss HB-1005 Chrono 1513357 Mens Chronograph Solid Case

Most Affordable

Megir Chronograph

MEGIR Men's Analog Fashion Military Chronograph Rectangular Luminous Quartz Wrist Watch with Leather Strap for Business Work & Sports ML2028GBN-7

1. Boss HB-1005 Chrono

Boss HB-1005 Chrono 1513357 Mens Chronograph Solid Case

I must say that I have not, until now, mentioned a Hugo Boss watch on this blog. It is not that I have anything against them, I just had no reason to. Until now.

This homage to the Monaco is one of the best and closest I have found.

It’s the squared chrono sub-dials with the angled pushers that are the most distinctive characteristic of the original. And Hugo Boss have managed to portray those well without blantantly copying. 

There are differences of course, such as the markers, coloring and specifics on the sub-dial. And this model is honoring the Calibre 12, with the crown on the left, not the often seen Calibre 11, with left-hand crown.

Either way, it’s the perfect watch for anyone wanting an alternative to the TAG Heuer, especially given the price is a fraction of the original.

  • Specifications
  • Quartz movement
  • Mineral crystal
  • Stainless steel case with Italian leather band
  • Water resistant to 50m (165ft)
  • Case size: 39 x 12mm

2. Jaragar Automatic Chronograph

AMPM24 Mens Mechanical Oblong Date Day Sport Black Dial Stainless Steel Wrist Watch PMW047
Fanmis Mens Outdoor Sports Automatic Mechanical Analog Date Day Army Silver Stainless Steel Wrist Watch

If cost is your biggest decider, this option from Jaragar (sometimes seen as Gute or Fanmis) in China is a bargain.

Of course, it does deviate quite a bit from the original in terms of design specifics, but who can complain with such an iconic shape.

The pushers and crown are on point, as the sub-dials, although only 50% visible, are there too. The biggest change is the obvious stripes down the center, which you will either love or hate.

All in all, it’s a watch you can hardly go wrong with at this price!

It also comes in white, in case you prefer that to the darker color.

  • Specifications
  • Japamese Automatic movement
  • Hardles crystal
  • Stainless steel case & Strap
  • 2 sub -dial chronograph
  • Water resistance of 30 m (100ft)
  • Case size: 42 x 15mm

3. Megir Square Chronograph

MEGIR Men's Analog Fashion Military Chronograph Rectangular Luminous Quartz Wrist Watch with Leather Strap for Business Work & Sports ML2028GBN-7
MEGIR Men's Analog Fashion Military Chronograph Rectangular Luminous Quartz Wrist Watch with Leather Strap for Business Work & Sports ML2028GBK-1

Another bargain from China is this vertically aligned chronograph from Megir. They are no stranger to the affordable end of the market and have produced many a notable homage like this one before.

The sub-dials at 3, 6 and 12 o’clock, along with the 4-5 o’clock date window are already big differences from the Monaco, but this watch still shines like the original. The stylish angled pushers are nicely designed, and the dial is quite sunken, with the minute train running steeply along the edge.

There are two color options with this model – the black dial and leather band, or white dial and brown leather band.

  • Specifications
  • Quartz movement
  • Hardlex mineral crystal
  • 3 sub-dials with date window
  • Leather strap
  • Water resistant to 30m (100ft)
  • Case size: 38 x 12mm

4. Tissot Quadrato

tissot quadrato
tissot quadrato white

Lucky last is the Tissot Quadrato, which is actually a little harder to come by online. It’s no longer available on Amazon or even most online watch shops, but you can find it on Ebay.

It is again an alternative to the Monaco, and does not really smack of a copy. It has 3 chronograph sub-dials instead of 2, and the date window is of course moved to tbe 4-5 o’clock position. It is also an all-stainless steel watch, but the pushers are a little more in-line with the Monaco being angled and rectangular.

There are also white dial versions of this watch, as well as leather straps on some models. So, be on the lookout for what is available at Ebay if you have a particular style in mind.

 

  • Specifications
  • Swiss Quartz movement (ETA Caliber G10.211)
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Chronograph with 3 sub-dials
    Date window at 4-5 o'clock
  • Stainless steel band
  • Water resistant to 100m (330ft)
  • Case size: 39.5 x 11mm