Heuer 'Pre-Carrera' Chronograph
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
Heuer has long been a go-to brand for enthusiasts of vintage, but many collectors turn to certain models as touchstones. More often than not, those models tend to fall into the Autavia or Carrera families. These watches rank as some of the most desired vintage watches out there today, and have become nothing short of iconic among collectors—particularly the Carrera.
But the Carrera was just one in a long line of chronographs that Heuer released, with a history stretching back to the 1890s. Indeed, when it comes to making chronographs, Heuer was both productive and proficient. One need not delve too deep to find a watch that’s worthy of consideration.
Among these, those produced during the 1940s and 1950s are of particular interest.
This decade was a period of great growth for the manufacture. The influence of the Second World War heavily affected watch designs, and it could still be felt in the post-war years. Freed from military contracts, many manufactures—Heuer included—were able to apply what they learned during the war years on watches that they produced for civilians.
With sturdy 'waterproof' cases and robust internals, these watches are the aesthetic forebears of the Carrera; moreover, this similarity has led collectors to refer to them as “pre-Carreras.”
This particular “pre-Carrera” brims with mid-century design flair. The gilt tachymeter and telemeter stand out sumptuously against the black dial, and the feuille hands add a touch of elegance. However, the sturdy steel case, pump pushers and luminous Arabic numerals give the watch a sporting spirit that makes it the perfect choice for an incredibly wearable chrono.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
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.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
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.
Heuer 'Pre-Carrera' Chronograph