Heuer - The Crosthwaite & Gavin Collection: Exceptional Heuer Chronographs From The Jack Heuer Era Geneva Friday, November 10, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1966
    Reference No: 2447
    Case No: 78'880
    Model Name: Mareographe
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Valjoux 721, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Heuer Corfam strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Heuer "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 50-51.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Mareographe is the name used by Heuer for the same watch produced by it for Abercrombie & Fitch which the latter called the Seafarer. Heuer had a long standing relationship with the American sports good retailer Abercrombie & Fitch and therefore produced the Seafarer for them from the 1950s to the early 1970s. These watches were housed in Carrera reference 2446 cases modified to accommodate the pusher at the 9 o'clock position which is used to advance the tidal indicator.
    In mid-1963, Heuer introduced the Seafarer reference 2447. Using the distinctive thinner Carrera case without a rotating bezel, this new chronograph was powered by a Valjoux caliber 721 movement signed Heuer Leonidas.
    Featuring a silvered dial on which the sky blue tidal information perfectly stands out, the inner bezel with its 1/5th second hash-marks also cleverly serves as a tension ring to secure the crystal. However, the true rarity of this watch resides in the 11 letters proudly printed on the top part of the dial: Mareographe, as only 5 other reference 2446 Mareographe models double-signed Heuer are known to exist.
    Presented today in untouched condition, the dial bears some patina that only adds charisma and poetry to this spectacular and rare watch.

  • Artist Biography


    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. 2447
An extremely rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with silvered dial featuring subsidiary register with blue-printed tidal indication.

Circa 1966
36mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for CHF31,250

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

Geneva Auction 11 November 2017