Heuer Carrera
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Heuer Carrera

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 of the Carrera Panamerica, a treacherous five-day race along the Mexican stretch of the Pan-American Highway. The name—and the stories of the 27 lives the race claimed during its five-year run—haunted him, and he registered it the following year.

In designing the Carrera, Heuer finally created something that was entirely his, and is without question the chronograph that is most associated with him. He incorporated a tension ring around the edge of the dial, and printed on it the tachymeter. His obsession with legibility led to a dial design that was simpler to read than the Omega Speedmaster or the Rolex Daytona.

What resulted was a chronograph that gave only the most necessary information, with plain baton markers.  It was clean, uncluttered, and undeniably attractive.  

Early Carreras were produced in a variety of styles with a range of dial colors. The dials were manufactured by Singer, the same company that produced dials for the Rolex Daytona. The dials were black, silver, and black-on-white (panda); some references had tachymeter, decimal, or even pulsometer tracks on the outer edge of the dial, in red and occasionally blue. 

The Carrera that we feature here, a Reference 2447N, boasts an early, first execution silver-script dial, with luminous hands and hour markers which have mellowed to a nice patina over time. In the Carrera, Jack Heuer distilled his design ethos, and the Reference 2447N is a perfect example of it. Powered by the robust Valjoux 72, the addition of the third register at 6 o’clock doesn’t clutter the dial—instead, it creates a pleasing trifecta of information which, reinforced by the stark white hands and bright sub-dial hash marks, is easily readable at a glance.

This piece, as fresh and sharp as it was in the 1960s, proves that style really never goes out of fashion.

Details

SKU: AS01882

Stainless steel case is approximately 35.5mm (excluding crown and pushers). Heuer Carrera Reference 2447N. Valjoux Caliber 72 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement.

Overall Condition: Stainless steel case is in very good condition, showing signs of light but careful polishing. Dial is likewise in very good condition with fine even patina to the luminescent elements of the hour markers and hands. Heuer-signed crown. Heuer case back shows minimal signs of wear but is in otherwise very good condition.

Includes one 18mm black leather strap with contrast stitching. Also includes two 18mm nylon straps from Crown & Buckle.

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