The Montega MC 01 was launched by 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 45 mm watch case (42 mm from lug to lug) is made of 40 different elements all assembled by screws, without any soldering.
The legendary automatic high grade movement calibre 2047, it’s a 57 jewels high precision chronograph movement which 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 white dial has 3 encircled counters (seconds at 3 o’clock, minute at 9 o’clock, hour at 6 with the yellow R9 logo on blue), luminescent numerals and “skeleton” Luminova hands. Inner perimeter with Tachymetric scale. Date aperture between 4/5 O’clock(Q-set).
The oscillating weight is decorated with Côtes de Genève and enamel etching with Montega armor logo.
Fluted case band secured by screws. Center lugs with fluted design. Round pushers with signed crown. Anti-glare coated sapphire crystal. Brushed case-back with see-thru glass, secured by 12 screws, signed “Montega Geneve Automatic” “All Stainless Steel” “Reg. Design” “MC01” “Swiss Made” “Water-Resistant 50 Meters”.
The watch was produced in a numbered limited edition of 19999 pieces worldwide.
The watch is not worn, it comes from a private collection and it has no box or papers.