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00970 Heuer. A rare mid 1930s stainless steel chronograph wristwatch, manual-wound with black gilt dial, two oversized registers, a spiral tachymeter scale, roman numerals and olive shaped pushers.

 

 

 

00970 Heuer

Whether it was stopwatches or chronographs, Heuer has a long history of precision timekeeping. This creation is an interesting and rare watch and a beautiful example of what Heuer was doing right in the 1930s: simple, sportive yet elegant chronograph designs.

 

Manufacturer: Heuer
Year: circa 1935
Case No: 45.629
Material: Stainless steel
Calibre: Manual, cal. Landeron 13
Bracelet/Strap: Leather
Dimensions: 32mm diameter
Signed: Case and dial signed

 

 

Heuer’s roots are found in the watchmaking town of Saint-Imier in French-speaking Switzerland. The company was founded in 1860 by Edouard Heuer, who in 1887 patented his oscillating pinion, which is still in use today. These specialized timepieces have been at the heart of the firm's success, enabling the brand to be chosen as early timekeepers for the Olympics. The history of Heuer’s iconic racing chronograph models from the 1960’s and 1970’s including the Autavia, Carrera and the Monaco goes back even further still.

Such as the present one, built around 1935, which features a black dial with circular „snail-trail“ tachymeter that line up nicely with the central axis of the gold hands, giving it a very appealing and balanced aesthetic. The watch has a period-appropriate diameter of 32mm. While this may seem on the small side by today's standards, it has a surprising thickness of 12.5mm to give it a solid wrist presence. This is perfect for someone who enjoys an understated vintage chronograph in excellent condition.