The Montega MC 01 was launched in 1999 as a tribute to Brazilian footballer Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima and was called R9 (as in Ronaldo and his legendary number 9 as a football striker).
The watch was designed by the famous Lebanese jewelry designer Marc Chatila, president of the Swiss – Geneva based – Montega company, and is a piece of technical avant-garde with a very sophisticated construction. The 44 mm watch case is made of 40 different elements all assembled by screws, without any soldering.
The 57 Jewels high precision chronograph movement was developed by the renowned Swiss chronograph modules manufacturer Dubois-Depraz, exclusively for Montega, and it is based on the automatic ETA 2892A2. All the movements of this series of Montega watches are COSC chronometer certified.
The watch was produced in a numbered limited edition of 19999 pieces worldwide.
The black dial has 3 encircled counters (seconds at 3 o’clock, minute at 9 o’clock, hour at 6 o’clock position), with luminescent numerals and “spear tip” luminova hands. The watch has a 45 minute counter at 9 o’clock, specific to the world of soccer/football.
The oscillating weight is decorated with Côtes de Genève and enamel etching with R9 logo.
The caterpillar style stainless steel bracelet is made from sophisticated designed screwed tubes.
The watch is not worn, it comes from a private collection and it has no original box or papers.
The watch is working and keeping a pretty precise time, but as for any other used or vintage watch, a basic revision is recommended.
Including extra 4 original Montega MC01 dials – according to the photo.
Most of the watches that I am selling are liquidation or collector items, therefor I make no claims and give no warranty regarding continual accuracy of time keeping. Used, antique or vintage watches may need servicing, even if they are in good running condition. Unless otherwise stated they may need to be cleaned, oiled, adjusted and or timed. I cannot guarantee a used watch to be waterproof or water resistant.