Heuer Montreal 110.503NC
Heuer Montreal 110.503NC, Cal. 12. 43mm, c1974
It seems that every Heuer I post up here I claim that it’s a favourite, this one really is. Despite it’s mammoth size, it really is very comfortable to wear. It’s one of those watches that just ‘clicks’, it is perfect for me, it just feels right. This one was acquired from Germany, and yet again, it was in a bit of a poor state. My friend, ‘the master’ Abel worked his magic on it, and it really is a work of art.. that case.. it’s simply stunning. The dial has the beginnings of a stardust patina emanating from the central hand hole. This looks lovely, and coupled with the gorgeous creamy lume it looks pure vintage.
Update: I managed to find a mint clean dial with the same colour lume, so decided to swap it for the ‘stardust’ dial, the photo above shows it with the new dial & aftermarket custom fitted (lugs filed) Hadley Roma bracelet.
As with many Heuers, there is a motorsport connection to this wonderful Montreal model… One of the most talented racing drivers of the late 70s/early 80s, Stefan Bellof wore this model. He is famous, among many race wins, for setting the fastest lap ever on the Nordschleife configuration, at the Nürburgring, in a Porsche 956 in 1983. I believe his time of 6min 11secs still stands. There is footage of him driving it here.
He was tipped to become the best driver of his time.
Unfortunately he lost his life in a well documented crash at Spa, Belgium on 1st September, 1985. He was driving his Porsche 956 at the 1000 km of Spa World Sportscar Championship race. Whilst battling Jacky Ickx’s works Porsche 962C they touched and both span off at high speed. Bellof’s 956 caught fire.. and Jacky Ickx jumped out of his car & without concern for his own safety, tried to pull Bellof out of the car. Eerily, the whole incident was filmed by Ickx’s onboard camera.
Stefan Beloff setting the Nordschleife lap record (6:11) in his Porsche 956 in 1983.
With it’s smaller barrel cased brother, the Carrera 110.573B