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The original Carrera was one of Jack Heuer’s most passionate projects, and his design ethos for this watch can be summed up in one word: legibility. Jack wanted a watch that was stylish and functional, a watch that gives you everything you need and nothing you don’t.
For a watch designed in the late 1960s, the Carrera remains a stunner, proving the brilliance of Jack’s design philosophy. A clean dial never goes out of style, and it makes the Carrera an easy watch to dress up or down. At 36mm, the case wears extremely well on the modern wrist, its long beveled lugs making it feel a bit beefier while still slipping easily under a cuff.
These early Carreras were produced in a variety of styles with a range of dial configurations, including standard black and silver dials and the rarer, colored Tachy (T) and Decimal (D) variants and the rarest of the bunch, white on black and black on white/silver panda dials. Available in double and triple register configurations, all vintage models have recently seen a surge in interest in the collector community, no doubt due to their incredible looks, story, and value proposition - especially when comparing to those other 60's sport chronographs.
Manufactured in the late 60s, this particular Carrera, a Reference 7753SND, is powered by the manually-wound Valjoux 7730 chronograph movement, and features a silver/black panda dial with dual subsidiary register layout. While many collectors go for the Valjuox 72, triple register versions, we love the balance of the two registers, as well as the outer decimal track, which gives this execution a sporty but classical look throughout.
In excellent original condition throughout, this 7753 has sharp case with no signs of over-polishing, an evenly patinated dial and handset, and original barrel pushers and signed Heuer crown. The watch also comes complete with its original rice bead bracelet by Gay Freres - a collectible in its own right! While we have been fortunate to have a number of rare early Heuers come through our shop these past few years, this is the very first example of this reference that we've been able to get our hands on, and we're thrilled to have it on offer! With values for early manual-winding Heuer chronographs on the rise, you won't want to miss out on snatching up one of these beauties before they go stratospheric like too many other vintage pieces of this caliber.
For an in depth look at early Heuer Carreras, check out this great piece by our friend Eric Wind over at Hodinkee, HERE.
Steel Case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Heuer Reference 7753SND. Valjoux 7730 Manually Winding Chronograph Movement. Circa 1960s.
Overall condition: Case is in great condition throughout, showing normal signs of wear but devoid of major blemishes and signs of over polishing. Dial is in very good condition featuring light signs of aging and a dark, even patina to the luminescent hour markers and hands. Printing is crisp. Correct barrel pushers and signed crown.
Includes original rice bead bracelet by Gay Freres with signed Heuer clasp and HEL end links and two 18mm nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.