Escapement Watch Review: The TAG Heuer Monaco 24 Calibre 36 Automatic Chronograph


The watch is fitted with a black leather strap, featuring a bold orange underside and folding clasp which shuts with a superbly positive action.

The movement

Caliber 36 is based on the iconic Zenith El Primero movement, oscillating with a frequency of 36,000 vph (5 Hz). The column-wheel chronograph needs little explanation as its reputation is held in high esteem by watch enthusiasts around the globe.


However, the presentation of this movement is quite distinct thanks to the enhancements made by TAG Heuer. The rotor consists of three spokes with weights occupying one third of its circumference. The open-worked design reveals much of the movement beneath. While the rotor adds an air of modernity, the capacity to see much of the gear train and balance wheel below is reminiscent of a vintage movement. The candid disclosure of the micro-components within makes Caliber 36 very appealing.

The Monaco 24 Calibre 36 Automatic Chronograph is a chronometer with COSC certification.

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  1. yarazuu

    hey i have this watch how do the square dials work and the date?

  2. Debashish

    Dear Angus,

    Thank you for your fine report and lovely pictures!

    Keep it up!

  3. MrTissot

    I really like this watch. The only thing that puzzles me is why such a highly advanced watch manufacturer like TAG Heuer, which has an extremely aggressive research and development department, is still using other companys movement in their watches. The Zenith El Primero movement is extremely popular, but I believe in this instance that you would be buying a Zenith El Primero movement and not a TAG Heuer watch!

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