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Last year, we would have said the Camaro is the most under-appreciated vintage model in the lineup of chronographs from Heuer. Once overshadowed by the Carrera, the Monaco and the Autavia in the minds of collectors, the Camaro has come into it’s own recently, earning top billing in the eyes of many new and old Heuer enthusiasts, and it’s easy to see why. The Camaro is every bit as functional, beautiful and wonderfully retro as the rest of the Heuer lineup, evoking the 60s and 70s Motorsports legacy brilliantly.
Heuer launched the Camaro in 1968, just one year 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, the same manual calibers and dials similar to Carreras. Larger than a Carrera but without the heft of a Monaco, the Camaro is as comfortable as it is stylish.
We love all of the Camaros (yes, even the gold-plated oddballs), but what we have here is an extremely special piece, and one that we can say with a great deal of certainty that we will never find again. Heuer sold some of their watches at some of the most prestigious European dealers in the 60s and 70s, and occasionally co-signed their dials with the dealers’ names (like the Gübelin Carrera). Co-singed Heuers are extremely rare today, and in our research we were not able to find another example of a silver dial Meister Camaro. If you’ve been looking to add a Camaro to your collection, this one is as good as it gets.
The case measures 37mm, but like all square watches, the Camaro wears larger than the numbers might suggest. The manual movement lends itself to a thin case, making the watch quite comfortable on the wrist. 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.
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. Add in an exceeding rare dial and you have a watch that deserves a top spot in the very best vintage watch collections.
Steel Case is approximately 37mm (excluding the crown). Heuer Reference 7220T.
Overall condition: Original case is in very good condition for its age, showing wear consistent with use. Original dial and hands in excellent condition. Original lume has light patina. Original Heuer signed crown.
Includes brown leather strap and two 20mm nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.