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Monaco Authenticity

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Script. All vintage Monacos have seriph flourishes on all the dial script, as per the picture here, but also on the Automatic Chronograph wording. If the script is not like this but is straight and flat, then it is a re-dial or fake. Click the link for pictures of more script examples, both correct and not...

Hands. There are several types of hands. The original handset as in this picture which should be on all models except chronomatic and transitional. The original classic red tipped and striped hands have thicker lume than the service hands. Service hands are not incorrect as such but the watch is worth slightly less with them. Then there are hand sets which are plain wrong, either from another Heuer or even another brand of watch. Click for more info.

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The sub registers on a genuine Monaco should look like this. The 5 minute markers should have flourishes and the 4's should always be closed. Closed 4's alone do not make an authentic dial, but open 4s are definately not official. Also note the sub register hand, it should look like this, some can be too thin. Click the link for more examples...

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Markers. This is the way ALL Monaco markers should look, except for Calibre 15 and the PVD. Waffle markers are not correct and neither are painted markers as per 73633 variants with blue sub registers. Authentic markers are plain with bevelled edges as shown here. Click the link for more examples...

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The back case on all official Monacos should have the Tool No 033 engraving. This is the tool used to open the case, as it is not a screwback. Blank cases were likely to be either service replacements or more likely put togther watches. Also check for model and serial numbers between the lugs and finish and condition of the case (polished or original). These issues make a signifcant contribution to the valuation of a Monaco. Click here for more detail...

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