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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1971
    Reference No: 3147N
    Case No: 127'771
    Model Name: Carrera "Dato 45, Jordanian, 2nd execution"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Landeron 189, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Gay Frères double grain bracelet with HEL endlinks, max length 190mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Heuer folding deployant clasp, stamped 1.70
    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 138-139.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced in 1968, reference 3147N is a second generation Carrera with date featuring a subdial at the 3 o'clock position and a date window at 9 o'clock. It is not known how many were ordered by the Jordanian Air Force, however, to date, only 5 have been documented but it is thought that the production run was of 100 pieces. A unique and interesting feature for this Jordanian Carrera is the widely spaced one second markers on the crystal ring, probably added by request by the Jordanian air-forces to provide clearer legibility to its military personnel - the standard versions of the reference 3147N and all other period Carreras having more narrowly spaced 1/5th second markers.
    The engraving on the caseback is in Arabic and literally translates as "weapon of height”. One notable scholar believes the characters stand for Silāḥ ul-Jawu al-Malakī ’al-Urdunī or the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The case back is also engraved with a military issue number which in this example is 80775.
    It is rare to find a timepiece made for the Jordanian Air Force regardless of brand making the present lot an exceptionally interesting addition to the collector of military timepieces.

  • 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. 3147N
A fine and incredibly rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black dial and date aperture at 9, made for the Jordanian Air Force.

Circa 1971
36mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for CHF22,500

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

Geneva Auction 11 November 2017