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Why We Love It
In our opinion, the Camaro may be the most under-appreciated vintage model in the lineup of chronographs from Heuer. Often overshadowed by the Carrera, Monaco, and Autavia in the minds of collectors, the Camaro is every bit as functional, beautiful, and wonderfully retro, evoking the era of 60s and 70s motorsports brilliantly.
The example we have presented here is without a doubt one of the rarest and most interesting in the world, featuring an incredible tropical dial (faded from its original black). With even patination across the dial, hands, and lume, this is quite simply a stunner! Powering the timepiece is the legendary Valjoux 72 manually winding chronograph movement, with triple register layout, featuring a 30 minute counter, 12 hour counter, and subsidiary seconds register, with a central chronograph sweep hand. All of this is tucked into a svelte 37mm square cushion case design which was touted by Heuer in the late 1960s as "The newest shape from Switzerland".
While it's "big brother" (the Monaco) might have stolen the spotlight in the collector market, in our opinion you'd be hard pressed to find a legitimate vintage motorsports chronograph with more style and charisma. And just look at that tropical dial...
Heuer launched the Camaro in 1968. As something of an outlier when compared to the automatic chronographs Heuer would release the following year, the Camaro lived very much in the shadows. It had one of the shortest production runs of all the models, only a few short years, which led to its relative rarity today.
However, rather than detract from the Camaro’s desirability, its relative obscurity only increases it in our eyes.
It has a distinctive style, made evident in the case: a softened cushion with straight lugs. Thinner (and much more comfortable on the wrist) than Heuer’s “other” square chronograph, the Monaco, the Camaro wears larger than its 37mm would suggest. Moreover, the variance of finishing—polishing on the sides, brush finishing on the top—makes it visually arresting from any angle.
Stainless Steel case is approximately 37mm (excluding crown and pushers). Heuer Reference 7220N. Valjoux 72 Manually Winding Chronograph movement. 1970s.
Overall Condition: The watch is in very good condition over all, with light wear marks throughout consistent with age and use. Steel cushion case bears original radial brushing. Triple register dial has tropicalized to a dark brown; luminous material has a even patina. Steel luminous Heuer pencil hands. Heuer-signed crown. Screw case back.
Includes one 19mm light brown leather strap with side stitching.
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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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