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Why We Love It
The mere mention of the name Heuer immediately conjures sepia toned images of daring sport car races and the bold drivers who risked life and limb to push the limits of speed in the golden age of sports car racing.
While the Autavias, Carreras, and Monacos of the 1960's and 1970's cemented Heuer as the undisputed kind of the racing grid, their history of making racing chronographs goes back even further still.
At an elegant 35mm, this beautiful steel chronograph epitomizes Heuer’s mid-century design prowess. The blue and red printed tachymétre and telemeter tracks are an exercise in concentricity, the twin chronograph registers a brilliantly executed study in balance. Its printed Arabic numerals are large and legible, giving the watch a sporty yet classic look.
While it's younger -- but larger -- brothers may have stolen the spotlight in the minds of most collectors, the beauty of a classic chronograph from the postwar years can't be discounted. This understated twin register racing chronograph has more than enough character and racing pedigree to get our hearts pounding and keep our engines revving.
*Please note that the proceeds of this sale will be donated to charity*
Heuer was founded in St. Imier in 1860. Twenty years later, they were making chronograph pocket watches. By the First World War, when watches migrated to the wrist, Heuer released its first wrist chronograph.
Fast forward some 30+ years later, and Heuer had been laying the groundwork for the watches that were to come—most notably, the Carrera. The Reference 2447 was launched in the 1940s, with the round pushers and prominent Heuer shield that collectors of 1960s would recognize. These watches proved popular with consumers, (President Harry S. Truman purchased one in 1945.)
In our opinion, mid-century chronographs are some of the most desirable and beautiful timepieces in the horological world. Whether by a horological heavy-hitter like Heuer or more humble brand, these watches represent the pinnacle of horological achievement before the dawn of the Quartz Age.
Stainless steel case is approximately 35mm (excluding the crown). Valjoux 22 manually winding column wheel chronograph movement. Circa 1950.
Overall Condition: The case is in very good condition showing normal signs of wear from age and use. Non-luminous satin silver dial is in excellent condition with crisp printing and vibrant multi-tonal accents. Non-luminous blued steel handset is in great condition. Unsigned crown.
Includes aftermarket 'Oyster style' riveted steel bracelet with unsigned clasp and straight end links.
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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