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There are few vintage chronographs as cool and unique as the Heuer Camaro, and there are few Camaros as cool and unique as these so-called "Exotic Dial" variants.
Featuring beautiful silver tone dials with contrasting dark grey subsidiary registers and a dark grey tachymeter ring, they are a different take on "Panda" dials, and are arguably just as rare. If the color scheme on the dial wasn't enough to make it stand out in a crowd, these exotic executions also feature bright orange central chronograph and 30-minute register hands, giving them that extra touch of 70s wonder.
This particular example is in outstanding condition, with a crisp case showing factory brushing and no signs of over-polishing. Complete with its original fluted pushers, signed crown, and a lovely unblemished dial (which retains all of its luminescent plots!), this is without question a collector-grade timepiece.
While we have written exhaustively about the value of the Heuer Camaro as compared to its contemporaries, examples such as this one are liable to be discovered sooner rather than later, and that story may soon change. Don't miss it!
Heuer launched the Camaro in 1968, before the introduction of the first automatic-winding movement, the Chronomatic, was fitted into the Monaco, the Autavia and the Carrera lines the following year. Last seen in the 1972 catalog, the Camaro had one of the shortest production runs of all the models from the 60s and 70s, leading to their relative rarity today.
In a sense, the Camaro is a blend of the early manually-wound Carreras and the later Monacos, with the combination of a square cushion case and straight lugs, evocative of a Monaco, and manual calibers and dials similar to Carreras. Larger than a Carrera but without the heft of a Monaco, the Camaro is as comfortable on the wrist as it is stylish.
Despite a case measuring 37mm, the Camaro wears larger than the numbers might suggest as is typical with square and cushion case watches. The hand-crank Valjoux movement lends itself to a thin case, allowing for a lower profile than the Calibre 11-driven chronos of the 1970s. The case features a variety of finishes, notably the signature Heuer sunburst finish on the top of the case, beveling down into a polished outer perimeter and the polished finish continuing onto the sides of the case and lugs. Coming in an array of dial and movement combinations, the Camaro offers an incredible opportunity for any fan of vintage Heuer.
Stainless steel case is approximately 37mm (excluding the crown). Heuer Reference 7743. Valjoux 7733 Manually Winding Chronograph movement. Early 1970s.
Overall Condition: Case is in excellent condition throughout, showing only light signs of wear consistent with age and use. Crisp factory brushing with no signs of over-polishing! Two-tone silver/grey exotic dial and hands are similarly fantastic condition with crisp printing and light even patination. All luminescent plots on dial and hands are present and have faded evenly. Original case back and Heuer signed crown.
Includes one 19mm brown leather rallye strap with steel buckle.