The Heuer brand dates its history back to the 1860’s and throughout the majority of its history the brand has had a strong affiliation with various sporting forms. Whether branded with the Heuer name or produced for a private label you can find their watches associated with sailing, aviation, and most importantly auto racing. The connection between Heuer and auto racing began early in the company’s history with the advent of their line of dashboard mounted race timers. If you have been to a car show you will have undoubtedly seen one or multiple Heuer clocks mounted to the dashboard of vintage race and rally cars. With such a strong connection already formed in the automotive racing world, it was an easy jump for the brand to continue to push the automotive connection with their wrist worn chronographs. The best examples of this connection are the Carrera, named after the Mexican road race, the Carrera Panamericana.
The automatic chronograph movement was developed in the late 1960s and by the early 70s were becoming available across a wide range of brands and models including Heuer Carerra’s. That makes this piece, produced in the mid 70s the last of a dying breed. A Heuer Carerra with a manually wound chronograph movement. The Valjoux 7736 movement powering this watch is one that the purist would definitely approve of. The movement is a fantastic known quantity that is loved for being robust and reliable. Adding to the overall appeal of this watch is a lovely blue dial with white registers and white tachometer, which makes for a neat ‘blue panda’ look. This watch even comes on the original stainless bracelet which is pretty scarce to see.
The Case and Bracelet
The 38.5 mm Stainless Steel case is in very good condition with no major faults. The original stainless steel caseback is showing some signs of previous wear but is overall very nice. The stainless Steel Heuer bracelet in lightly worn condition. The band shows honest wear with little to no stretch. The original crystal is free from any marks or scuffs. It should be noted that the crown is an incorrect replacement item that is signed by Zodiac and the pushers are also incorrect replacement pieces.
The Dial and Hands
The blue dial is in excellent condition with white registers as well as a white tachometer. Many of these dials do not stand the test of time, often with marks on the dial or loss of lettering on the tachometer, this one is crisp and attractive all around. The lume has aged nicely across the dial and hands to a deep caramel color.
This watch features a Heuer Leonidas signed Valjoux 7736 manually wound movement. The watch was recently serviced and is running +8 seconds per day.
|Movement||Manual, Heuer Leonidas signed Valjoux 7736|
|Dial||Blue and White|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Stainless Steel|