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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1970
    Reference No: 2447SNT
    Case No: 103'087
    Model Name: Carrera, '2nd execution dial '
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Valjoux 72, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Gay Frères double grain bracelet with HEL endlinks, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Heuer folding deloyant clasp stamped 3.72
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Literature: The present watch is illustrated in "Heuer Carrera Chronographs 1963-85" Richard Crosthwaite & Paul Gavin, pages 64-65

  • Catalogue Essay

    The “panda and reverse panda dial” Carrera is the surprising result of a “butterfly effect” commencing in the United States and bearing consequences in Switzerland. Legend has it that in the late 1960s a Heuer watchmaker in America was so taken by the Autavia 2446C panda dial that he fitted such a dial onto his Carrera model. A year later, Heuer officially launched the second generation Carrera chronograph models incorporating the panda and reverse panda dials.

    The second generation Carrera models nevertheless continued featuring different scales on the outer edge of the dial, adding to the functionality of the wristwatch. These included tachymeter, decimal and pulsation scales. The rarest of all such dials are silver with black registers with either a decimal or tachymeter scale as seen in the present example.

    The sub dials on Carreras models that feature outer scales are smaller than in regular models as to accommodate the latter providing an alluring and distinctive result. Furthermore, the hour and minute hands are shorter in order to align with the hour markers, which in turn are closer to the dial centre. The present lot has also been given blacked tipped service hands, which nicely complement the black infill hour markers. A superb case, wonderfully aged tropical sub-dials and ultimate rarity as the present lot is one of just 10 known to the collecting community, make this watch a wonderful addition to any Carrera and chronograph collection.

  • 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. 2447SNT
A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with rare ‘tropical’ subsidiary registers, tachymeter scale and bracelet.

Circa 1970
36mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for CHF35,000

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

Geneva Auction 11 November 2017