Heuer Skipper | 73464 | steel

Regular price £6,000
This vintage Heuer Skipper (Ref. 73464) bears many of the typical hallmarks associated with sporting timers. Whilst more commonly associated with motorsport and aviation, Heuer developed an array of stopwatches and timing chronographs for a variety of sporting events. Such is their connection to sporting achievement, they continue to be celebrated today for their passion and commitment to such endeavors.

Competitive yacht racing posed unique challenges for Heuer. The chronograph was typically the mainstay of any Heuer timing device, and whilst its inclusion was vitally important for timing a wide variety of contests, the addition of a red, white and blue timing register was crucial. Often the deciding factor for a regatta was the critical start and post-start phase of the race; a 15 minute period at first signal, where competitors jockey for positioning towards the start line. The intuitive colour-coded register allowed skippers to see a start-line countdown at a quick glance, eking out an all-important advantage. The design also incorporated a waterproof case and shock-resistant housing, further illustrating the simplicity of the design and functionality of the watch, ahead of all other considerations.

This Heuer Skipper 73464 has its original sea blue dial and features an oversized, colour-coded regatta register. The hour markers are applied, together with tritium index markings. What is characteristic to this watch is the mixed luminous and orange painted handset, offering highly functional legibility. The dial shows signs of stardust patination, along with earlier repair alongside the date window. Further to this, the Heuer Skipper also features a coordinating chronograph sweep seconds' hand. The watch retains its original, ghosted blue bezel which shows typical indications of ownership. The crown of the watch is correct and bears the standard Heuer signature. Moreover, the fluted pushers are original, evident through the way the case has been machined to accommodate their function.

Sized in a proportionate and wearable 42 mm “Autavia” cushion case, the watch features curved lugs that are beveled throughout. The watch maintains all of its original finishing, with the top featuring a brushed sunburst texture and the sides a polished finish. The screw-down case-back exhibits defined graining at the centre, along with a polished finish around the outside portion.

Powered by a manually-wound, two-register Valjoux 7734 calibre, the movement is a 14 line, cam-switching chronograph mechanism with 17 jewels and a date function. Based on the 1948 Venus 188 design, at its heart, beating at 18,000 A/h, with a power reserve of approximately 45 hours.

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Brand: Heuer
Model: Skipper Ref. 73464
Movement: mechanical manual-winding Cal. Valjoux 7734 chronograph
Functions: date, chronograph, hours, minutes
Features: blue dial
Case: 42 mm stainless steel 'Autavia' cushion case
Crystal: plexiglass
Bracelet: blue suede leather strap with orange stitching
Box & papers: N/A
The case is in excellent vintage condition, the lugs are sharp and retain definition, along with preserved sunburst patterning. The bezel shows wear typical of use, with its tritium lume dot missing at the 12 o'clock position. The watch retains its original crown and pushers. The dial is nicely aged, with patina throughout, however displays signs of earlier repair at 6 o'clock alongside the date window. It is guaranteed for authenticity and comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man.

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