An early stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black dial and two oversized registers

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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1945
    Case No: 40'473
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Landeron 13, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Dial signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The history of Heuer in the field of timing events started a long time before the launch in the mid-60s of its two iconic models:the Carrera and the Autavia. Actually the period from the 1940s to the 1950s was a very productive time for the brand.
    Affectionately nicknamed the “Pre-Carrera” by collectors, the present chronograph is from the mid 1940s. It features two oversized registers on a black dial and a tachymeter scale printed in silver. Many of these chronographs were commissioned by armies around the world for their precision. This one managed to stay out of the battle field and therefore remains in extraordinary condition. The case and the dial are superbly preserved and the very unusual for the period screw-down caseback has protected the movement against the elements. This is a very rare piece that would fit a Heuer collection as well as any chronograph collection.

  • 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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An early stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black dial and two oversized registers

Circa 1945
35mm Diameter
Dial signed

Estimate
CHF5,000 - 8,000 
€4,400-7,000
$5,100-8,200

sold for CHF8,125

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 89
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT

Geneva Auction 10-11 November 2018