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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1963
    Reference No: 2447S
    Case No: 54'043
    Model Name: Carrera "Eggshell White"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Valjoux 72, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Heuer Corfam strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Heuer "sun" buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Heuer cardboard box

  • Catalogue Essay

    It is not immediately obvious what sets this early execution chronograph wristwatch apart from its later peers; the reader could be forgiven for thinking at first glance that this is a timepiece with all the standard components that a Valjoux 72 Carrera reference 2447S might have. Namely, the elegant 36mm diameter case, elegant faceted lugs and a one step case back. However, the dial is a delicate matt eggshell white and not like in the later models with a starburst silver finish, which was more common and ran for a longer timeframe. Jack Heuer set out to create the most unfussy tool watches he could but without compromising on design. Heuer and Singer the dial maker tested a variety of finishes and it may be that the "eggshell" white finish was simply too delicate for heavy use. The very first models with these dials fell within the 537xx- 542xx serial range. Most importantly these early survivors are printed simply with "Swiss" (with no T) and house a Valjoux 72 movement, the inner casebacks are signed Ed. Heuer. The matt eggshell white dial is extremely rare and to find one in this configuration and in such immaculate condition is not dissimilar to spotting a unicorn!

  • 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. 2447S
A very fine and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with matt eggshell white dial, three subsidiary registers.

Circa 1963
36mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for CHF30,000

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

Geneva Auction 11 November 2017