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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1968
    Reference No: 2547NS
    Case No: 100'883
    Model Name: Carrera "Dato 12"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Valjoux 723, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Gay Frères bracelet with HEL endlinks, max length 210mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Heuer deployant clasp stamped 2.67
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Literature: The present watch is illustrated in "Heuer Carrera Chronographs 1963 – 85" by Richard Crosthwaite & Paul Gavin, pages 146-149

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 2547 is the most complicated watch ever produced by Heuer. Powered by a Valjoux 723 caliber, the watch not only features day, date and month but also a 12 hour chronograph counter that actually led to its name: "Dato 12". Over the course of its production, this model was manufactured with two case variations, the earlier models with screw back and thicker lugs and the later ones from 1967 to 1971 with a snap on back and thinner lugs.

    The present lot, part of the later models, displays a very attractive reverse panda dial with a blue calendar outer scale perfectly matching the blue crescent at the tip of the calendar hand. The small indexes are elegantly placed on the inner section of the dial to ease time reading without overloading the dial's aesthetic. On top of the 12-hour chronograph register, one can identify a T to confirm the use of Tritium on the luminous.

    Collectors will be pleased to see that this example is offered on its original Gay Frères bracelet further stamped from the second quarter of 1967. According to the original owner the watch was purchased at the NAAFI in Aden (Yemen) in 1968 for £52. The Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI) is an organization created by the British government in 1921 providing recreational and utilitarian (including supermarkets and shops) establishments on most British military bases.

  • 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. 2547NS
A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with reverse panda dial featuring triple calendar, 12 hour subsidiary register and bracelet.

Circa 1968
36mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
CHF8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for CHF17,500

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

Geneva Auction 11 November 2017