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Why We Love It
Military chronographs hold an endless fascination among collectors, not least of all for their robust good looks.
And flying high among the best and brightest is the Heuer Bundeswehr.
Known affectionately as the “Bund,” this particular example is a Reference 1550SG. In strong condition aesthetically and running like a top, every millimeter of its corrosion-resistant monocoque case is precision-engineered to be a lean, mean, fighting machine. If you want a watch with a bonafide military pedigree and looks to match, then look no further.
The Heuer Bundeswehr was designed for the sole purpose of use in military aviation. It was General Issue for pilots in the air forces of many nations (including the Italian Air Force, under the brand Leonidas, which Heuer acquired in the 60s) but is best-known for its use by the Luftwaffe of West Germany. From the 1960s to the 1970s, the "Bund" (as it's affectionately known) saw a range of dial configurations, which are broken down here on On The Dash.
Shown here is the "T" dial with a small T for tritium over 6 o'clock.
As with many military watches, the Bund is a front-loader, with the movement being secured by the screw-mounted case back that is attached to the bezel. The Bund, being a manually-wound flyback chrono, used a host of Valjoux movements, from the Valjoux 22 to the Caliber 220 to the Caliber 230. Sturdy, dependable, it's the sort of watch you want strapped to your wrist whether you're dodging enemy fighters at 35,000 feet or engaged in more terrestrial pursuits.
Corrosion-resistant monocoque steel case is approximately 43mm (except crown and pushers). Reference 1550SG.
Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition overall with moderate signs of use and wear. Bezel is in very good condition overall with signs of use throughout. Dial is in very good condition with patina to the luminescent elements. Unsigned crown. Case back has signs of use and wear, including tool marks.
Includes one 20mm tan nylon strap.
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