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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1970
    Reference No: 3147N
    Case No: 127'204
    Model Name: Carrera 'Indianapolis Speedway'
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Landeron 189, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Original Heuer Corfam perforated strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Original steel "sun "buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Literature: The present watch is illustrated in "Heuer Carrera Chronographs 1963 – 85" by Richard Crosthwaite & Paul Gavin, pages 140-141

  • Catalogue Essay

    Now in its 101st year, and once more sponsored by TAG Heuer, the Indianapolis 500 is an annual car race held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana, taking place traditionally over Memorial Day weekend. Drivers race 200 laps, counter-clockwise around a 2.5 mile circuit for a huge distance of 500 miles, so it is a real test of endurance.

    Heuer yet again saw a lucrative opportunity with this notorious race and in 1969 released a few hundred promotional watches for the pilots and sponsors of this adrenaline infused race. Many were sold in the gift shop next to the racing circuit. The first version of the Carrera reference 3147 timepiece had a date aperture located at 12 o’clock and was only produced for one year. The second version shows a different date position at 9 o’clock as illustrated with this watch.

    Available with two dial versions, one with black dial without the registered ® logo and the other silver with the ® logo, those watches were predominately sold as souvenir watches. Produced in small batches, only a handful of these watches (around 5 of each dial version) survived and so this would be an extremely lucky addition to any serious watch collection and is very much a “grail” watch.

  • Artist Biography

    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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Ref. 3147N
A fine and extremely rare stainless steel calendar chronograph wristwatch with black dial made for the Indianapolis Speedway shop.

Circa 1970
36mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF32,500

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The Crosthwaite & Gavin Collection: Exceptional Heuer Chronographs From The Jack Heuer Era

Geneva Auction 11 November 2017