An attractive and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black dial and red date

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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: circa 1968
    Reference No: 3147
    Case No: 94'887
    Model Name: Carrera
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Landeron 189, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle signed Heuer
    Dimensions: 35mm. Diameter
    Signed: Dial signed Heuer, Case and movement signed Heuer-Leonidas
    Accessories: Accompanied by an additional original Heuer leather strap

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Heuer Carerra reference 3147 also called "Dato" (because of the date feature) was launched in 1966, with a totally original and unusual positioning of the date at 12 o'clock. The first execution featured the date at 12 o'clock, but the fact that the chronograph seconds hand covered the date, most probably lead Heuer to soon move the date from the 12 o'clock to the 9 o'clock position. Interestingly, even though associated with the world of motor sports - the name Carrera is a tribute to the Carrera Panamericana, an automobile race on open roads in Mexico that ran from 1950 to 1954 and considered the most dangerous and deadly of car races at the time - the minutes counter records up to 45 minutes rather than the habitual 30 minutes and is more in line with the timing of halves of a football match than that of fuel injected automobiles racing at ground-breaking speed on asphalt. The present lot will appeal to the chronograph enthusiast in general and the Heuer aficionado in particular due to its particularly fierce look with bold bevelled lugs, its stealthy, all black dial highlighted by the white chapter ring and the striking contrast of the red date disc.

  • Maker Bio

    Heuer

    Swiss • 1860

    This iconic chronograph manufacturer has a long tradition of precision timekeeping. As early as 1882, founder Edouard Heuer held a patent for a chronograph watch; in 1887, he received a patent for an oscillating pinion, which is still in use today. These specialized timepieces have been at the heart of the firm's success, enabling the brand to be chosen as early timekeepers for the Olympics. In 1969, the company introduced their first automatic chronograph watch, the Monaco Heuer, which celebrated the Monaco Grand Prix. Other key chronograph models include the Autavia and the Carrera, all of which having become iconic models of the firm.

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Heuer

Ref. 3147
An attractive and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black dial and red date

circa 1968
35mm. Diameter
Dial signed Heuer, Case and movement signed Heuer-Leonidas

Estimate
CHF8,000 - 12,000 
€7,300-11,000
$8,200-12,400

sold for CHF15,000

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Alexandre Ghotbi
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The Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016