A fine and rare stainless steel military flyback chronograph wristwatch

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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1970’s
    Reference No: 1550 SG
    Case No: 374’944
    Model Name: Bundeswehr
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 230, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 43mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Formed in 1955 and remained until the 1990’s, the Bundeswehr was regarded as one of the most ordered and well-equipped armies of its time, even though they never participated in any combat. Made for the Bundeswehr, the Heuer ref. 1550 SG was one of the four variants of the model made for the army. Engraved on the caseback “BUNDESWEHR 6645-12-146-3774” are witnessed across all examples. On the dial, “3H” also known as “Hydrogen-3” is the chemical compound for tritium, which is the luminous material used for this dial.

  • 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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Ref. 1550 SG
A fine and rare stainless steel military flyback chronograph wristwatch

豪雅,「Bundeswehr」型號1550 SG,精鋼軍用飛返計時腕錶,約1970年代製

Circa 1970’s
43mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$15,500 - 31,500 
€1,800-3,600
$2,000-4,000

sold for HK$60,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: X

Hong Kong Auction 10 July 2020