Heuer Carrera | 7753SND | steel
This vintage, steel Heuer Carrera 7753SND watch from the early 1970s is a beautiful example of a now iconic racing chronograph. It has its original, black-on-silver “panda” dial with distinguishable matching patina on the tritium hour markers and hands. It also has its original, Heuer signed crown.
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”, the 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 racecar drivers, owing much to Jack Heuer’s appreciation for motorsport, and hands-on approach with its teams and drivers.
The Heuer Carrera 7753SND 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" and the rare decimeter two-register arrangement is a rarity, in comparison to the standard uniform silver and black dials, without contrasting registers. This particular case dates to 1970 (serial 106 XXX); a very early example of a second execution 7753.
This second execution Heuer Carrera 7753SND has a “T Swiss” dial. The hour markers are applied, together with aged tritium index markings. The Carrera 7753SND 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.
Powered by a manually-wound, two-register Valjoux 7730 calibre (labeled as "Leonidas"), the movement is a 14 line, cam-switching chronograph mechanism with 17 jewels. Based on the 1948 Venus 188 design, at its heart, beating at 18,000 A/h, with a power reserve of approximately 45 hours.
In response to the heightening interest in vintage Heuer watches, Phillips will be hosting a Heuer themed sale in November 2017; a celebration of The Jack Heuer Era, comprised of watches owned by two of the most well-respected figures of the Heuer Community, Richard Crosthwaite and Paul Gavin. This marks a truly significant chapter in the company’s history, speaking volumes about the current vintage Heuer market, and further reinforcing the world's growing respect and appreciation for vintage Heuers. Undoubtedly, the years when Jack Heuer was in charge of the brand, are those most cherished by collectors, continuing to be celebrated at auction in remarkable fashion. It’s hard to ignore their staggering performance, in the midst of a thriving vintage market.Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.
|Model:||Carrera Ref. 7753SND|
|Movement:||mechanical manual-winding Cal. Valjoux 7730|
|Functions:||chronograph, hours, minutes, sub-seconds|
|Features:||unrestored silver 'panda' dial with black sub-dials|
|Case:||36.5 mm stainless steel|
|Bracelet:||black leather strap with tang buckle|
|Box & papers:||N/A|
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