Heuer Skipper

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SKU AS01518
SKU AS01518

Why We Love it

As far as chronographs are concerned, when it comes to mid-century chronos, Heuer is king. They're best-known for their racing chronographs, such as the Carrera, Camaro, Monza, and perhaps most iconically, the Autavia. The Autavia (a portmanteau of "automotive" and "aviation") was first introduced in the early 1960s and graced the wrists of such Formula 1 legends as Jo Siffert, Jochen Rindt, and Derek Bell

Throughout the Autavia's 20-year run, it saw several different case and dial configurations. The first Autavias had screw-down case backs, unusual for racing chronographs of the period, before shifting to snap-back compressor cases in the late 1960s, and large cushion cases in the 1970s and 1980s. While there's something to be said for the distinctive look of the cushion case Autavias, the earlier snap-back compressor case models, Reference 2446C ("C" denoting "compressor"), are among the most desirable of Autavias, typifying for many collectors the ideal racing chronograph. 

While that's without a doubt the most notable association of Autavia, it also served as a General Issue timepiece in the German Bundeswehr. Additionally, Heuer also used the Autavia as the base model for some unusual and downright interesting specialized chronographs, from everything to engineering, fishing, and even yachting. It's perhaps the latter that's the most interesting and unique Autavia of all: the regatta timer, used for timing yacht races. 

The Skipper was first introduced in a Carrera case (affectionately known as a "Skipperera" among collectors), and is easily one of the rarest models Heuer ever produced. The second generation, seen here, was increased in size, sharing a case with the larger compressor-cased 7763C and 2446C Autavias. The Reference 7764 Skippers are infinitely wearable and stand out from their Autavia counterparts with the addition of an oversized tri-color register at 3:00. At last count, less than a dozen of these beautiful watches are known to still exist.

This particular Skipper combines a distinctive appearance with the sturdiness and dependability that mark Autavias of this era. The blue, white, and red of the regatta timer remain vibrant, the red indicating the fifteen minute interval where the yachts idle behind a buoy before the start of the race. The chronograph hand is another splash of color on the dial, which has gained a beautiful even patina over time, echoed in the rotating bezel, which has also ghosted to a grey hue. 

The Heuer Skipper is a nautical legend, like the mythical ghost ships that haunted sailors' imaginations--how lucky are we that one has come to port! 

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Our Pledge

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

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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.

Heuer Skipper

Heuer Skipper

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Heuer Skipper

Why We Love it

As far as chronographs are concerned, when it comes to mid-century chronos, Heuer is king. They're best-known for their racing chronographs, such as the Carrera, Camaro, Monza, and perhaps most iconically, the Autavia. The Autavia (a portmanteau of "automotive" and "aviation") was first introduced in the early 1960s and graced the wrists of such Formula 1 legends as Jo Siffert, Jochen Rindt, and Derek Bell

Throughout the Autavia's 20-year run, it saw several different case and dial configurations. The first Autavias had screw-down case backs, unusual for racing chronographs of the period, before shifting to snap-back compressor cases in the late 1960s, and large cushion cases in the 1970s and 1980s. While there's something to be said for the distinctive look of the cushion case Autavias, the earlier snap-back compressor case models, Reference 2446C ("C" denoting "compressor"), are among the most desirable of Autavias, typifying for many collectors the ideal racing chronograph. 

While that's without a doubt the most notable association of Autavia, it also served as a General Issue timepiece in the German Bundeswehr. Additionally, Heuer also used the Autavia as the base model for some unusual and downright interesting specialized chronographs, from everything to engineering, fishing, and even yachting. It's perhaps the latter that's the most interesting and unique Autavia of all: the regatta timer, used for timing yacht races. 

The Skipper was first introduced in a Carrera case (affectionately known as a "Skipperera" among collectors), and is easily one of the rarest models Heuer ever produced. The second generation, seen here, was increased in size, sharing a case with the larger compressor-cased 7763C and 2446C Autavias. The Reference 7764 Skippers are infinitely wearable and stand out from their Autavia counterparts with the addition of an oversized tri-color register at 3:00. At last count, less than a dozen of these beautiful watches are known to still exist.

This particular Skipper combines a distinctive appearance with the sturdiness and dependability that mark Autavias of this era. The blue, white, and red of the regatta timer remain vibrant, the red indicating the fifteen minute interval where the yachts idle behind a buoy before the start of the race. The chronograph hand is another splash of color on the dial, which has gained a beautiful even patina over time, echoed in the rotating bezel, which has also ghosted to a grey hue. 

The Heuer Skipper is a nautical legend, like the mythical ghost ships that haunted sailors' imaginations--how lucky are we that one has come to port! 

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

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

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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.

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