Heuer - The Geneva Watch Auction: XV Geneva Saturday, May 7, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1950
    Movement No: 500'821
    Case No: 62'973
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, jeweled
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Heuer brand has long been associated with measuring speed, and the 1940s to 1950s was one of the manufacture's most productive periods. It was during these years that the manufacture solidified its DNA in creating sporty and creative timepieces.

    The present Heuer is a triple calendar chronograph and brings immense value to the wearer and is a sight to behold. Not only a complicated timepiece, it is distinguished by its extremely impressive and virtually unpolished condition - traits that are virtually unheard of today, particularly because most Heuer timepieces were originally purchased to be used as tool watches. The condition of this timepiece is incredible - the lugs are incredibly sharp with crisp beveling, and the contrasting polished and brushed finishes are undoubtedly original, and display how the timepiece originally left the factory. Furthermore, there is a crisp Portuguese import mark stamped on the upper left lug. It would have disappeared if the watch had been re-polished in any way. The stunning and incredibly rare salmon dial barely shows any sign of aging, and the case remains as crisp as it was the day it left the factory. Such gems hardly appear on the market, no less is such untouched and original condition.

  • 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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An exceptionally well-preserved and most probably unpolished stainless steel triple calendar chronograph wristwatch with salmon dial and Portuguese hallmark

Circa 1950
35mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF5,000 - 10,000 
€4,900-9,800
$5,300-10,600

Sold for CHF35,280

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

+41 22 317 81 81
[email protected]

Tiffany To
Head of Sale, Geneva

+41 22 317 96 63
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The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022