HEUER 1960s PILOT CHRONOGRAPH £4750
Item description: Making its debut in the 1960s, is the Heuer reference 1550 SG This striking watch has a rugged satined stainless steel case, along with black dial and sub-registers at the 9.0 and 3.0 positions. This watch has an early production Tritium dial, with the small ‘T’ for Tritium located directly above the ‘6’. The watch has the typical large black printed bi-directional bezel marked between 0 and 60. The case-back is polished and fastened with four small screws. To the centre of the case-back is the designation, ‘BUNDESWEHR 6645-12-3774’, showing this watch at one stage was worn by a pilot with the German airforce. The watch is complete with an original issue matching black leather ‘BUNDESWEHR’ strap. The movement is a Valjoux flyback chronograph, which allows the hacking sweep seconds to be reset even when the sweep is still running.
Case size: 50mm x 42mm
Condition report: Excellent overall condition. Showing just light use only. The case free from any major scratches or damage. The glass with just light scratches evident. The spectacular black dial with a beautiful light patina, the hands also showing a pleasant patina from natural aging. The bezel clean, but on close scrutiny shows a few minor scratches. The valjoux movement in good working condition. The hacking and flyback features all functioning. The timepiece may have been opened, so it should not be used near moisture or water without being checked by a qualified watchmaker.
Background to Heuer: The Heuer Watch Company was founded in 1860 by Edouard Heuer. He opened a watchmaking workshop in St-Imier, a village in the Swiss Jura region. Heuer watches soon became recognized for a high level of accuracy and workmanship. By the 1930s, Heuer was specialising in chronographs, and stop watches, becoming known as a producer of timepieces sporting events. Heuer continued with this theme, and by the 1960s had brought out various timepieces for use within the car racing world. Today, Heuer is particularly remembered for their Heuer Monaco model, which was made famous by Steve McQueen when he wore it the 1971 film, Le Mans.
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