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TAG Heuer Monaco VS Omega Speedmaster Professional

Which one of these iconic chronographs is better for you?

Watch lovers often want to add a chronograph with a certain iconic status to their collection. This urge is not limited to collectors but some people that want to buy their first mechanical watch as well. If you're going to go all in then shouldn't you do it right the first time? The TAG Heuer Monaco or Omega Speedmaster Professional, also known as the Moonwatch are both pretty comparable in addition to each of them being a great chronograph.  We won't pick any one side since these are both excellent watches but we will provide the specs and stats so that you can find out for yourself which one of these two watches is for you.

You can clearly see that both the TAG Heuer Monaco and the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch are exceptionally beautiful chronograph watches and can just as easily be worn with a racing suit as a business suit. For your convenience, you can explore either of these collections in a new window by clicking on either of the buttons below, otherwise proceed with the comparison that follows.

TAG Heuer Monaco

Both the TAG Heuer Monaco and the Omega Speedmaster Professional are iconic watches and both look great on your wrist no matter what you are wearing so that being said one of the reasons you may choose the Monaco over the Speedmaster would be the square shaped case of the TAG Heuer Monaco. While the starting price for either watch is pretty close to one another, the Omega has a slightly higher price so another consideration may be if you are set on only spending only a certain amount of money on a watch. Some people want a watch that compliments their lifestyle, hobbies or interests. The TAG Heuer Monaco as an iconic watch, is usually associated with Steve McQueen, performance, racing and driving high speed, high-octane vehicles. The Omega Speedmaster Pro is an iconic chronograph which usually conjures thoughts of astronauts such as Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, the moon landing and outer space.

PROS

Price
The Monaco collection starts at a lower price point
Iconic status
The TAG Heuer Monaco is an iconic watch once worn by Steve McQueen
Water Resistance
The TAG Heuer Monaco has double the water resistance of the Omega Speedmaster Professional
Automatic Movement
The TAG Heuer Monaco uses a self-winding movement whereas the Omega Speedmaster Professional uses a hand-wound / manual wind caliber
Date Window
The TAG Heuer Monaco has a date window at the 6 o'clock position whereas the Speedmaster Professional doesn't have a date function

CONS

Choices
There are fewer TAG Monacos from which to choose compared to Speedmaster Professionals 
Brand Prestige
While TAG Heuer is the 15th most recognizable Swiss watch brand, Omega is the 2nd
Bracelet / Strap Options
The Monaco is only available with a leather strap whereas the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch has options which include stainless steel bracelets
Presentation & Branded Swag
The Monaco doesn't come with all the fancy commemorative presentation box like the Omega or the two additional straps; the VELCRO strap and NATO style black fabric strap and other branded swag items like the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch doesn't have a date window

Omega Speedmaster Professional

Both the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch and the TAG Heuer Monaco are pretty iconic watches although the "Speedy" as it is affectionately known, is a much bigger icon when compared to the TAG Heuer Monaco. Both also look great on your wrist no matter what you wear. A big reason for choosing the Speedmaster Moon watch would be the number of available models in comparison to the TAG Heuer Monaco. Although the starting price of the Moonwatch is slightly higher than a Monaco, there is a great deal of collectibles that come with the Omega so the slightly higher price may be justifiable to some all things considered. One last thing worth mentioning is the brand prestige which in addition to the iconic status of a watch affects the resale value of a watch in a positive way. Omega is the second most recognizable brand of Swiss made watches with approximately 70% brand recognition worldwide, 2nd only to Rolex who has almost 100%. To give you some contrast, TAG Heuer, which is a very prestigious and highly respected Swiss watch brand, is the 15th most recognizable Swiss watch brand.

PROS

Iconic Status
The Omega Speedmaster Professional is an iconic watch known for being the first watch on the moon
Brand Prestige
Omega is the 2nd most recognizable Swiss watch brand in the world right after Rolex who is #1.
Bracelet Options
The Omega Speedmaster Professional is available in both leather straps and steel bracelets
Presentation & Branded Swag
The Speedmaster Professional comes with a fancy commemorative presentation box and two additional straps; a VELCRO strap and a NATO style black fabric strap among other branded swag items which included a branded loupe, a 6cm paper-weight steel plate featuring a classic Speedmaster case back design with the iconic seahorse emblem & the case back opening notches

CONS

Which one of these iconic chronographs is better for you?

Watch lovers often want to add a chronograph with a certain iconic status to their collection. This urge is not limited to collectors but some people that want to buy their first mechanical watch as well. If you're going to go all in then shouldn't you do it right the first time? The TAG Heuer Monaco or Omega Speedmaster Professional, also known as the Moonwatch are both pretty comparable in addition to each of them being a great chronograph.  We won't pick any one side since these are both excellent watches but we will provide the specs and stats so that you can find out for yourself which one of these two watches is for you.

You can clearly see that both the TAG Heuer Monaco and the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch are exceptionally beautiful chronograph watches and can just as easily be worn with a racing suit as a business suit. For your convenience, you can explore either of these collections in a new window by clicking on either of the buttons below, otherwise proceed with the comparison that follows.

TAG Heuer Monaco

Both the TAG Heuer Monaco and the Omega Speedmaster Professional are iconic watches and both look great on your wrist no matter what you are wearing so that being said one of the reasons you may choose the Monaco over the Speedmaster would be the square shaped case of the TAG Heuer Monaco. While the starting price for either watch is pretty close to one another, the Omega has a slightly higher price so another consideration may be if you are set on only spending only a certain amount of money on a watch. Some people want a watch that compliments their lifestyle, hobbies or interests. The TAG Heuer Monaco as an iconic watch, is usually associated with Steve McQueen, performance, racing and driving high speed, high-octane vehicles. The Omega Speedmaster Pro is an iconic chronograph which usually conjures thoughts of astronauts such as Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, the moon landing and outer space.

PROS

Price
The Monaco collection starts at a lower price point
Iconic status
The TAG Heuer Monaco is an iconic watch once worn by Steve McQueen
Water Resistance
The TAG Heuer Monaco has double the water resistance of the Omega Speedmaster Professional
Automatic Movement
The TAG Heuer Monaco uses a self-winding movement whereas the Omega Speedmaster Professional uses a hand-wound / manual wind caliber
Date Window
The TAG Heuer Monaco has a date window at the 6 o'clock position whereas the Speedmaster Professional doesn't have a date function

CONS

Choices
There are fewer TAG Monacos from which to choose compared to Speedmaster Professionals 
Brand Prestige
While TAG Heuer is the 15th most recognizable Swiss watch brand, Omega is the 2nd
Bracelet / Strap Options
The Monaco is only available with a leather strap whereas the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch has options which include stainless steel bracelets
Presentation & Branded Swag
The Monaco doesn't come with all the fancy commemorative presentation box like the Omega or the two additional straps; the VELCRO strap and NATO style black fabric strap and other branded swag items like the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch doesn't have a date window

Omega Speedmaster Professional

Both the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch and the TAG Heuer Monaco are pretty iconic watches although the "Speedy" as it is affectionately known, is a much bigger icon when compared to the TAG Heuer Monaco. Both also look great on your wrist no matter what you wear. A big reason for choosing the Speedmaster Moon watch would be the number of available models in comparison to the TAG Heuer Monaco. Although the starting price of the Moonwatch is slightly higher than a Monaco, there is a great deal of collectibles that come with the Omega so the slightly higher price may be justifiable to some all things considered. One last thing worth mentioning is the brand prestige which in addition to the iconic status of a watch affects the resale value of a watch in a positive way. Omega is the second most recognizable brand of Swiss made watches with approximately 70% brand recognition worldwide, 2nd only to Rolex who has almost 100%. To give you some contrast, TAG Heuer, which is a very prestigious and highly respected Swiss watch brand, is the 15th most recognizable Swiss watch brand.

PROS

Iconic Status
The Omega Speedmaster Professional is an iconic watch known for being the first watch on the moon
Brand Prestige
Omega is the 2nd most recognizable Swiss watch brand in the world right after Rolex who is #1.
Bracelet Options
The Omega Speedmaster Professional is available in both leather straps and steel bracelets
Presentation & Branded Swag
The Speedmaster Professional comes with a fancy commemorative presentation box and two additional straps; a VELCRO strap and a NATO style black fabric strap among other branded swag items which included a branded loupe, a 6cm paper-weight steel plate featuring a classic Speedmaster case back design with the iconic seahorse emblem & the case back opening notches

CONS

Price
The starting price for an Omega Speedmaster Professional is higher than a TAG Heuer Monaco
Water Resistance
The Omega Speedmaster Professional has half the water resistance of the TAG Heuer Monaco
Manual Wind Movement
Although the Caliber 1863 is a great movement and rather beautiful to look at, there are those who prefer automatic watches which are self-winding
Date Window
Omega Speedmaster Professionals doesn't have a date function whereas The TAG Heuer Monaco watches have a date window at the 6 o'clock position

Either one of these Chronograph watches will turn heads. They are both stunning in appearance and have beautiful looking movements to gawk at but the big question you are going to have to ask yourself before making a purchase is: "Which features are more valuable to me and also meets my unique requirements?"

You need to be the judge of that.

 

Here is a side by side comparison of the Tag Heuer Monaco VS Omega Speedmaster Professional specifications, features and more.

  Tag Heuer Monaco Omega Speedmaster Professional
Brand TAG Heuer Omega
Series Monaco Speedmaster Professional
Model # caw2111.fc6183 311.33.42.30.01.002
Size Mens Mens
Case Material Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
Dial Color Blue Black
Bracelet/Strap Alligator/Crocodile Leather Alligator/Crocodile Leather
Clasp Push Button Folding Clasp Push Button Deployant Buckle
Movement

TAG Heuer Calibre 12

  • Caliber is 30mm in diameter
  • 59 Rubies
  • Rapid Date Correction
  • Decorated with Côtes de Genève
  • Engravings of TAG  Heuer - Calibre 12 - Swiss Made

Omega Calibre 1863

  • Caliber is 27mm in diameter
  • 18 Jewels
  • Rhodium plated
Movement Type Automatic Manual Wind
Power Reserve Approximately 40 hours Approximately 48 Hours
Jewels in Movement 59 Jewels 18 Jewels
VPH 4Hz / 28,800 VPH 21,600 VPH
Bezel Fixed Fixed
Crystal Anti-Reflective Scratch Resistant Sapphire Anti-Reflective Scratch Resistant Sapphire
Case Back Transparent Transparent
Water Resistant 100m/330ft 50m/167ft
Case Diameter 39mm 42mm
Case Thickness 14mm 13.75mm
Warranty Prestige Time 2 Year Warranty Prestige Time 2 Year Warranty
     
 

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