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Why We Love It
In any color or configuration, the Heuer Carrera Reference 2447 with its clean lines and perfect proportions are elegant and irresistible.
From its very inception, the Carrera was meant to break the mold set by Heuer’s earlier chronographs. Like the Autavia, the first watch that Jack Heuer had a hand in creating, the Carrera was intended to be a racing watch. But rather than rely on the tried-and-true to create the Carrera, Jack Heuer sought to create something entirely new, drawing inspiration from the work of masters of modern design.
In his student years, Jack Heuer had been inspired by the revolutionary work of Charles-Édouard Jeanneret. History would know Jeanneret as Le Corbusier, the pioneer of modern architecture (and himself a native of La Chaux-de-Fonds, the sleepy Swiss village in which Heuer’s factory was located). Le Corbusier’s concern—one might almost say obsession—with functionality was apparent in his work, which became known for its minimalism.
This example, a tone-on-tone Reference 2447S, features a silver sunburst dial with speckling throughout, lightly patinated indices and a matching handset. An early variant, this particular timepiece has seen use and wear in keeping with its sporting heritage, something we all can admire.
Taken as a cohesive whole, the Carrera’s elegant minimalism—like Le Corbusier’s designs—remains evergreen.
The 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. From the sharp bevels on the case to the artful openness of the dial, it's become a classic.
In designing the Carrera, Heuer finally created something that was entirely his, and is without question the chronograph that is most associated with him. He incorporated a tension ring around the edge of the dial, and printed the tachymeter track on it. Heuer's obsession with legibility led to a dial design that was simpler to read than the Omega Speedmaster or the Rolex Daytona (released the same year as the Carrera).
What resulted was a chronograph that gave only the most necessary bits of information, with plain baton markers: clean, uncluttered, undeniably attractive.
Stainless steel case is approximately 35.5mm (excluding crown and pushers). Valjoux Calibre 72 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement. Heuer Reference 2447S. Circa 1960s.
Overall Condition: Case is in good condition overall with moderate signs of polish, use and wear. Luminous silver sunburst dial shows light signs of age and patina with matching handset. Inner chapter ring shows some fading and scuffing. Case engravings have worn down from wear. Unsigned crown.
Includes Denham Beige Analog:Shift leather strap with steel pin buckle.
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We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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