Heuer Skipper

Heuer Skipper

Maybe you’re looking for the perfect summer watch. Maybe you’re looking for a cool vintage Heuer. Maybe you’re not sure what your next watch should be, but you want something different. Whatever you're looking for, you should pay attention to this Skipper.

The Heuer of yesteryear was one of the foremost purveyors of sports timers during the golden age of vintage chronos, the 1960s and 70s. While well known for their ties to Motorsports through the Monaco, Autavia and Carrera models lines, Heuer also built watches designed for use by sailors, aviators, divers and fishermen.

The Skipper may appear to be a wild amalgam of color that was just an attempt at designing a watch that sticks out in a crowd, but like all of the Heuer greats, it’s a purpose-built machine. While the blue dial was chosen because of the watch's close ties to water, the contrasting orange hour and minute hands were chosen to increase legibility at a glance.

The red, white and blue sub-dial is a classic timer feature, with each segment marking a period in the lead up to a regatta. In the 15 minutes leading up to a race, the boat skippers must gather behind the starting line at the first signal, vying with each other for the best position. The color-coding makes the chronograph easy for the skippers to read, letting them know how long until they can cross the start line, thus allowing them to plan the best course and eek out every bit of advantage.

Heuer never built a unique case for the Skippers, and it evolved alongside the other model lines during its run. The first Skipper was housed in a Carrera case (the über-rare “Skippererra”), though it quickly found its way into an Autavia case and stayed there for each future iteration.

This example of the Skipper, the reference 15640, features the popular Autavia cushion case and a modified Caliber 15 automatic movement. Unlike many examples, the bezel hasn’t been scratched to shit and there is no sign of the all-too-common water damage.   We at analog/shift are huge fans of vintage Heuer, and the Skipper has earned a place in both David and James’ personal collections. We think it’s one of the coolest vintage chronographs out there. Our clients must agree, since they always get scooped up fast.  


Steel case is approximately 42 mm (excluding crown). Heuer Reference 15640 with Calibre 15 automatic chronograph movement. Circa 1975.

Overall condition: The original case is in excellent condition over all, showing minor wear from age and use, and has been lightly polished. The dial is in excellent original condition. The original handset is in excellent condition with matching patina. Original case back, pushers and Heuer-signed crown.

Includes one 20mm analog/shift Speyside Strap and two nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.

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