Heuer Carrera Automatic

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REF 1153S
Automatic-winding
39 MM
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SKU AS08615
Article Number 40991377
ref 1153S
case size 39 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Blue
material Stainless Steel
style Chronograph
category Vintage
bracelet Metal
lug width 20 MM
Includes Gay Freres stainless steel 'beads-of-rice' bracelet with 'HLC' endlinks and signed fliplock clasp.
overall condition The case is in fantastic condition overall showing light signs of wear from age and use with strong factory finishing. Sunburst blue Tritium 'reverse panda' dial with applied indices, white tachymeter rehaut, and white subsidiary registers is in excellent condition showing only faint discoloration around 5:00 marker and light white paint loss on indices. Matching handset. Signed crown.
REF 1153S
Automatic-winding
39 MM
– Show less
SKU AS08615
Article Number 40991377
ref 1153S
case size 39 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Blue
material Stainless Steel
style Chronograph
category Vintage
bracelet Metal
lug width 20 MM
Includes Gay Freres stainless steel 'beads-of-rice' bracelet with 'HLC' endlinks and signed fliplock clasp.
overall condition The case is in fantastic condition overall showing light signs of wear from age and use with strong factory finishing. Sunburst blue Tritium 'reverse panda' dial with applied indices, white tachymeter rehaut, and white subsidiary registers is in excellent condition showing only faint discoloration around 5:00 marker and light white paint loss on indices. Matching handset. Signed crown.

Why We Love it

As far as we're concerned, a vintage Heuer Carrera is about as cool a chronograph as money can buy.

Featuring amazing vintage looks, true motorsports pedigree, and a design penned by the man himself, Mr. Jack Heuer, the Carrera got its name from the legendary cross-isthmus road race in Mexico known as La Carrera Panamericana. At least one other noteworthy international brand also borrowed this name for one of their products. (Hint: it has four wheels and the engine in the back). 

Originally, the Carrera was powered by manually winding chronograph movements, but with the advent of the automatic chronograph in 1969, production began shifting towards automatic in a serious way. At that time, a conglomerate of watch brands headlined by Hamilton, Heuer and Breitling created an automatic chronograph movement, the likes of which the world had never before seen. The top-secret work conducted at the hands of world-class engineers was dubbed Project 99. Under the direction of Heuer, Project 99 resulted in some of the era's best looking watches: the Monaco, the Autavia and of course, the Carrera. 

This particular Carrera, a Reference 1153S, is one of these watches.

Housed in a 39mm stainless steel barrel case with an acrylic crystal, a signed crown at 9:00, fluted pushers, and a polished bezel, it features a beautiful sunburst blue 'reverse panda' Tritium dial with applied indices, a white tachymeter rehaut, white subsidiary registers, a matching handset with an orange chronograph hand, a correct Gay Freres stainless steel 'beads-of-rice' bracelet with a signed clasp, and the famed Calibre 12 automatic winding chronograph movement within.

These are wonderful timepieces that represent just about everything that we love about vintage, and Heuer.

If you are looking for a quirky, functional, and endlessly charming vintage chronograph from one of the best names in the business, look no further.

Brand Story

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In 1962, Jack Heuer inherited the company that his great-grandfather had founded in Saint-Imier nearly a century before.
He had already played a role in the design of some timepieces, starting with the Solunar in the late 1940s. But in 1962, the responsibility of running the company fell on his shoulders, and he found himself faced with the daunting task of safeguarding his ancestor’s legacy while at the same time forging his own. His chosen path? Moving into a line of technical instruments for use in sporting and transportation applications.
The Heuer name was not unknown in motor racing and aviation circles. Starting in 1911, when the sport of automobile racing was still in its infancy, the company produced dashboard clocks for cars, boats, and even airplanes. Jack Heuer, a longtime racing aficionado, saw an opportunity to revitalize — or at the very least, to reexamine — the company’s already-successful line of chronographs.
He had first tried his hand with the Autavia, which at the time of his succession was a stopwatch with a virtually illegible dial. In its place he launched the line of Autavia wrist chronographs, the first line of chronographs produced by Heuer to be named, rather than simply numbered. The Autavia was purpose-built for racers and pilots, and attracted the attention of Formula 1 racers and devotees such as Jochen Rindt and Steve McQueen.
In designing the Carrera in 1963, Jack Heuer created something that was entirely his, and is without question the chronograph that is most associated with the brand today. Heuer's obsession with legibility led to a dial design that was simpler to read than the Omega Speedmaster or the Rolex Daytona (released the same year as the Carrera). What resulted was a chronograph with plain baton markers that gave only the most necessary bits of information — clean, uncluttered, undeniably attractive.
The brand grew to become a powerhouse in chronographs in particular, and the list of famous designs from the 1960s and 1970s can’t be counted on two hands. However, one innovation from 1969 deserves particular mention: the famed Caliber 11. This caliber (and its successors) was the result of a multinational race to build the world’s first automatic chronograph movement. It would go on to power the famed Monaco — made famous by actor Steve McQueen — as well as automatic versions of the Autavia, Carrera and more.
Falling on hard times in the wake of the Quartz Crisis, Heuer was ultimately purchased by Technique Avant Garde (TAG), and subsequently by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey, who brought the brand into the modern age. Early TAG Heuer quartz divers from the 1980s have found newfound appreciation in collector’s circles, while the brand’s modern catalog is a mix of vintage-inspired reissues and unique collections, such as the Connected smartwatch line.

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Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

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Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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