Carrera | 2447T | Red Tachymeter | steel
This vintage, steel Heuer Carrera 2447T 'red tachymeter' from the 1960s is a beautiful example of a now iconic racing chronograph. It has its original, uniform silver dial with matching patina on the tritium hour markers and hands. It also has its original, unsigned crown and corresponding original pump-pushers
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 2447T 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 “red tachymeter” three-register arrangement is a rarity, in comparison to the standard uniform silver and black dials, without contrasting outer-scales. This particular case dates to circa 1966 (serial 687 XX); an early example of a first execution 2447.
This first execution Heuer Carrera 2447T has a “red tachymeter” dial. The hour markers are applied, together with aged tritium index markings. The Carrera 2447ST also features a clear, outer-track, with coordinating 1/5 second demarcations on the tension-ring. The crown of the watch is correct and unsigned, 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 2447T differs from typical examples is its exceptional condition. Whilst this example’s vintage character is evident, its well-preserved condition offers a unique insight, owing to the exceptional thickness of the case, consistent ageing/completeness of the lumes and original dial.
This Heuer Carrera 2447T comes fitted with a black leather rally strap, along with a similarly styled ‘racing’ strap with brown accents (both pictured).
Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.
|Model:||Carrera Ref. 2447T|
|Movement:||mechanical manual-winding Cal. Valjoux 72|
|Functions:||chronograph, hours, minutes, sub-seconds|
|Features:||unrestored silver 'red tachymeter' dial|
|Case:||36.5 mm stainless steel|
|Bracelet:||black leather rally strap|
|Box & papers:||N/A|
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