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Why We Love It
Chronographs- Start, stop, smile, reset.
As far as complications go, chronographs are some of the most fun to wear and use. It's a very tactile function, the way we physically engage with them: the pusher feel, the satisfying "click" of the reset.
They are also some of most sporting complications, and what could be more sporting than a watch designed to time race cars? After all, chronographs have been an essential piece of kit for race car drivers virtually since the advent of the sport. As far as driver's chronographs go, Heuer unquestionably takes pole position.
With its long, clean lines and wide open dial, this 'oversized' dual register chronograph epitomizes the sporty yet elegant design language of Heuer’s mid-century chronographs. Its applied gold markers and dauphine hands give the watch an air of distinction while set against a brushed silver-tone dial. Paired with a coyote tan and gold NATO strap, this piece is elegant, sturdy, and just straight up cool.
If you have yet to experience the joys of a mid-century chronograph, this is- in our opinion- the perfect place to start.
If you have experience such chronographs, then you already know.
Although the Carrera is without a doubt Heuer’s most famous vintage watch, the brand produced a rich array of chronographs that merit consideration.
It was just one in a long line of chronographs that Heuer had produced in its history. Early on, the brand had found a niche in developing specialized timekeepers, and advances like a waterproof pocket chronograph in 1897 made Heuer a leader in the field. The brand was also an early adopter of wrist-worn chronographs, releasing its first in 1914—but with the increasing popularity of wristwatches during World War I, it would be the first of many.
As had happened after the First World War, the Second World War saw a boom in chronograph production as Heuer—along with many other Swiss watch manufactures—targeted the soldiers returning home from the front. The 1940s were marked by the production of complicated, triple calendar chronographs, which attracted the attention of admirers like President Harry S Truman. But as the 1950s dawned and Heuer geared up for its centennial, there was a marked shift in chronographs aimed toward sporting men.
Chronographs produced during this time retained the clean lines of the watches worn by military personnel during the war. The cases that Heuer used for these chronographs were steel. While many of these were somewhat smaller than their 1960s successors, like the Carrera, the one that we feature here is, at 38mm, oversized for the era.
Stainless steel case is approximately 38mm (excluding the crown). Heuer manually-winding chronograph movement. Circa 1950's.
Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing no sign of polish and light wear consistent with age and use. Non luminous brushed silver-toned dial is excellent condition with applied gold numerals and gold dauphine handset. Unsigned crown. Caseback shows light toolmarks.
Includes coyote tan Crown & Buckle nato strap.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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