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There’s no denying that without jewelers, the watch industry would be very different.
It’s a symbiotic relationship. Watchmakers make the watches (in their cottages in the early days, and in massive manufactures today), and send them to jewelers to sell. So it has been, so it ever shall be, world without end, as long as there are watchmakers to make watches and jewelers to sell them.
Often this relationship is visible on the watch itself. Double-signed watches (that is, bearing both the name of the manufacture as well as the jeweler that sold them) are of particular interest and desirability to collectors. When names like Tiffany and Cartier appear on the dial of a watch, collectors collectively salivate at the sight.
Up there with Tiffany and Cartier in the pantheon of elite jewelers is Türler.
It’s an old name, both in horology and haute joaillerie. In 1883, in what Türler’s website brilliantly refers to as the “crucible of horology,” the brothers Türler—César Alexander and Jean Henri—established a watchmaking manufactory. Before long they were presenting watches to potential customers in Vienna and Pforzheim, making their name an internationally-recognizable one.
At the turn of the 20th century, they relocated to Zurich. The address that they chose was on the Paradeplatz—the Fifth Avenue or Rue de la Paix of Zurich, upon which stand boutiques owned by Cartier, Chopard, and Bulgari. Their store there has been their headquarters ever since.
Throughout their 134-year history, manufactures have been honored for their wares to be sold by Türler, and Heuer is no exception.
This particular watch is a Carrera Reference 2447N. Without the Türler signature on the dial, it’s a stunner on its own, with silver script on its inky black dial and intact lume on the hour markers. The Valjoux 72 movement has been serviced by the master of Heuer, Abel Court, who also repainted the chronograph hands, restoring them to their former glory.
The Carrera is a classic of mid-century watch design, one that we would be proud to wear, as proud as Heuer was for it to bear Türler’s name.
Stainless steel case is approximately 36mm (excluding crown and pushers). Heuer Carrera Reference 2447N. Valjoux 72 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement.
Overall Condition: Stainless steel case is in very good condition with sharp lugs and minor signs of use and wear. Black Türler signed dial is in excellent condition with crisp printing and beautifully-aged hour plots. Chronograph hands have been repainted. Heuer crown. Heuer case back has some pitting but is in otherwise good condition.
Includes one 19mm black leather rally-style strap.