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A longtime racing aficionado, Jack Heuer first conceived of the Carrera in 1962, when he was attending the 12 Hours of Sebring race in Florida. It was there, in a conversation with the parents of the legendary Rodriguez brothers (both drivers), that Heuer first heard the name: Carrera, meaning the Carrera Panamerica, a treacherous five-day race along the Mexican stretch of the Pan-American Highway. The name haunted him, and he registered it the following year.
A new innovation--a tension ring to anchor the dial in place, while also offering greater water resistance--the same year inspired him to incorporate that feature in a watch that would be a game-changer just like Omega's Speedmaster was. Taking the tachymeter track off the dial wasn't a new innovation--Rolex did it with the Daytona and Omega of course started it, more or less, with the Speedy--but Heuer's obsession with legibility cleaned up the dial in a way that hadn't quite been achieved before. Here now is a watch that shows you only the minimal amount of information, with plain baton markers: clean, uncluttered, undeniably attractive.
These early Carreras were produced in a variety of styles with a range of dials, but black-on-black continues to be the most desirable. This particular Carrera, a Reference 3647N, is powered by the robust manually-wound Valjoux 92 chronograph movement, with double subsidiary register layout. The Valjoux 92 is a derivative of the triple register Valjoux 72 that we all know and love, with similar architecture and quality, simply without an hour register.
These Valjoux 92-equipped Carreras have a supremely clean look and feel. This early example has an incredibly clean case with sharp bevels on the lugs. Also--a true rarity--the dial is a first execution (Mark I) dial with silver script.
For a watch designed in the 1960s, the Carrera remains a stunner, proving the brilliance of Jack’s design philosophy. A clean dial never goes out of style, and it makes the Carrera an easy watch to dress up or down. At 36mm, the case wears extremely well on the modern wrist, its long beveled lugs making it feel a bit beefier while still slipping easily under a cuff.
Stainless steel case is approximately 36mm (excluding crown and pushers). Heuer Reference 3647N. Valjoux Caliber 92 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement.
Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition with sharp bevels on the lugs and no signs of over-polishing. Case does have signs of use and wear in keeping with its age, including some light scratches and dings on the sides of the case and lugs. Dial is in very good condition with no major blemishes or discoloration. Luminescent elements of the hands have darkened over time. Some lume has chipped away from the minutes hand. Unsigned crown. Case back is in very good condition with slight signs of wear.
Includes one 18mm black Horween shell cordovan Analog/Shift branded strap and two 18mm nylon straps from Crown & Buckle
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