Important Collectors' Wristwatches, Pocket Watches & Clocks
LOT 148
HEUER MONACO - REF. 1133 - Worn by Sammy Davis, Jr. Heuer, Automatic Chronograph, case No. 157221. Made in 1969. Fine and unusual, square convex, self-winding, water-resistant, stainless steel wristwatch with date, round button chronograph and registers. Accompanied by various documents and an 8” x 10” color photo of Sammy Davis, Jr. wearing this watch in Vietnam.
C. Two-body, polished and brushed, lapidated straight lugs. D. Black with applied steel baton indexes and luminous dots, outer 1/5th seconds track with 5-minute/seconds red markers, subsidiary silver dials for the 12-hour and 30-minute registers, aperture for the date at 6. Luminous steel and red baton hands. M. Cal. 11’’’, rhodium-plated, 17 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating flat balance spring. Dial, case and movement signed. Dim. 40 x 45 mm. Thickness 14 mm.
Estimate: 4,000 USD - 6,000 USD
Estimate: 3,100 EUR - 4,700 EUR
Estimate: 4,500 CHF - 6,700 CHF
Grading system

C 3-9 D 3-01 M 3* AAA
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This version of Monaco Ref. 1133 with slightly darker blue metallic dial marked "Monaco Automatic Chronograph", and with straight squared polished steel hands is considered the transitional model, falling between the earlier "Chronomatic" version and the later regular production. The transitional examples, fitted with the Cal. 11 movement, were only manufactured in 1969. The current owner purchased this watch from Butterfield & Butterfield auctioneers in San Francisco in their 1991 sale dedicated to the estate of Sammy Davis Jr. He has retained the auction catalogue, invoice and all correspondence relating to the purchase. We are grateful to Jeff Stein for his input in researching this watch.
Important Collectors' Wristwatches, Pocket Watches & Clocks
Sold including buyer's premium:
21,600 USD