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Carrera | 2447SND | steel

Ref. 2447SND

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Carrera | 2447SND | steel

Ref. 2447SND

Regular price

This very rare, “Swiss-only”, steel Heuer Carrera 2447SND from the early 1970s is a beautiful example of a now iconic racing chronograph. It has its original, black-on-silver “panda” dial, with the subdials showing definite, early transition to a tropical/brown tone. The dial also has matching, all original patina on the tritium hour markers and hands. Finally, it has its original, Heuer-signed crown and highly-collectible Gay Frères bracelet, with matching HEL end-links.

Like many of Heuer’s most iconic chronographs, the origins of the Carrera can be traced back to 60s motorsport. It was inspired by one of history’s most dangerous events, the “Carrera Panamericana”, a legendary border-to-border sedan and sports car racing of the 1950’s, on the open roads of Mexico. Translated to "race" or "career" in Spanish, the event ran for five consecutive years and was entered by racers from all over the world, representing virtually every motor-sport. Taking inspiration from this, Heuer chronograph wristwatches throughout the 1960s and 70s were often the tool of choice for professional race-car drivers, owing much to Jack Heuer’s appreciation for motorsport, and hands-on approach with its teams and drivers.

The Heuer Carrera 2447SND epitomises the brand's famous sixties spirit and design philosophy. Jack heuer’s strict adherence to legibility and function, ahead of all other considerations, accomplished a design classic that arguably represents his vision in its purest form. While the Carrera was produced with a range of dial configurations, the “panda” dial" three-register arrangement is a rarity, in comparison to the standard uniform silver and black dials, without contrasting registers. This particular case dates to circa 1970 (serial 102 XXX); a very early example of a second execution 2447.

This second execution Heuer Carrera 2447SND has a “Swiss” only dial. The hour markers are applied, together with aged tritium index markings. The Carrera 2447SND also features a clear, outer-dial decimal track and coordinating 1/5 second demarcations on the tension-ring. The crown of the watch is correct and bears the standard Heuer signature, along with corresponding original pump pushers.

The watch carries the manual-winding, Valjoux Calibre 72 (signed as “Heuer-Leonidas") at its heart, beating at 18,000 A/h, with a power reserve of approximately 46 hours.

Where this Carrera 2447SND differs from typical examples is its exceptional condition. Whilst this example’s vintage character is evident, its well-preserved condition offers a unique horological insight, owing to the exceptional thickness of the case, consistent ageing/completeness of the lumes and original Gay Frères bracelet.

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.

Brand: Heuer
Model: Carrera Ref. 2447SND
Movement: mechanical manual-winding Cal. Valjoux 72
Functions: chronograph, hours, minutes, sub-seconds
Features: unrestored silver 'panda' dial with black sub-dials
Case: 36.5 mm stainless steel
Crystal: plexiglass
Bracelet: Heuer Gay Frères bracelet (signed 3/70, HEL end-links)
Year: 1970
Box & papers: N/A
The case of this Heuer Carrera is in excellent condition, with classic elongated straight-lugs that are sharply beveled. The watch case is thick and does not suffer from over polishing. This can be seen through the strong visibility of the bevels in the lugs. The "Swiss" only dial is exceptionally well-preserved, with no signs of previous exposure to the elements. The black subdials show definite, early transition to tropical brown. Likewise, the original dial is free from imperfections. The original tritium lume on the hands and dial correspond, with minor deterioration on the minute hand.

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. 

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During a period of adjustment, we are unable to ship watches to the EU. We continue to offer express delivery to all other countries.

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