A rare and fine stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with sought after silvered dial with black registers and Gay Frères bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: 1969
    Reference No: 2447SN
    Case No: 102'987
    Model Name: Carrera
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 72, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel, max length 187mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Original Gay Frères, Heuer bracelet stamped 4.72
    Dimensions: 35.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case and movement signed Heuer-Leonidas, dial signed Heuer
    Accessories: Accompanied by a leather "racing" strap and original Heuer stainless steel buckle

  • Catalogue Essay

    One of Heuer's most iconic designs, the Carrera reference 2447 SN is a superb example of the sleek and sporty chronograph watches produced by the brand during the 1960s. With powerful faceted lugs, a thick case and round pushers, the reference 2447 was manufactured from 1963 until approximately 1970.
    Similar to the Autavia, Heuer bestowed the model with the motorsport-inspired name “Carrera” - a tribute to the great Carrera Panamericana car race through Mexico. Like the Mille Miglia, the prestigious event was a border to border car race, which ran from 1950 to 1954, but was cancelled the following year due to safety concerns.
    The Carrera was made in two versions: the earlier models with dials that had long applied markers for all 12 hours and the second series with markers for all hours except at the 3, 6 and 9 o'clock positions, which featured luminous dots. Furthermore, the hour indexes as well as the hands were fitted with black inserts.
    The present lot from the second series has the “SN” designation in the reference number. This denotes that the dial was silvered with black registers, with the S for Standard (or silver) dial and N (noir, black in French) for the subdials. The present lot is in superb condition and shows very little signs of wear over the course of its 50 plus years. Fitted with its original and rare stainless steel bracelet made by Gay Frères, it’s a superb example of this iconic steel chronograph.

  • 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. 2447SN
A rare and fine stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with sought after silvered dial with black registers and Gay Frères bracelet

1969
35.5mm. Diameter
Case and movement signed Heuer-Leonidas, dial signed Heuer

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

sold for CHF40,000

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
+41 22 317 81 89

The Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016