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There is no question that vintage Heuer continues to be an attractive niche for enterprising collectors and enthusiasts. Inside the halls of Analog/Shift, there are few watches that are coveted more, and among them, few compare with the oft-overlooked Heuer Camaro.
While the Camaro was produced in numerous configurations, many people are drawn to the symmetry of the Reference 7743. With two sub registers - a running seconds at 9:00 and a 30-minute counter at 3:00 - the 7743 is often seen as the most balanced of the Camaro offerings and feels reminiscent of gauges on a vintage dashboard. Indeed, with its black dial and white printed tachymeter ring and chronograph hands, the 7743N is slightly more spartan than it's panda and exotic dial brethren, but no less pleasing to the eye.
As with all Camaros, the 7743N is driven by a Valjoux 7733 manually-wound chronograph unit, a true workhorse movement used extensively throughout the Motorsports heyday.
This particular version enjoys an even light fade, giving the matte black dial lovely charcoal and a strong case still bearing its iconic sunburst factory brushing. The later fluted pushers and signed Heuer crown round out this lovely piece, making it a very honest (and stunning) example.
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). Valjoux 7733 Manually Winding Chronograph movement. Early 1970s.
Overall Condition: Stainless Steel case is in very good condition, with factory sunburst brushing in tact. No signs of over-polishing. Black tachymetre dial with stepped markers has a light even fade. Heuer handset is in excellent condition. Heuer-signed crown and screw case back.
Includes one black 19mm Speidel rally strap and two 19mm nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.