Heuer Solunar

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Manual-winding
36 MM
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SKU AS09562
Article Number 40991935
case size 36 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1950s
dial color White
material Chrome Plated
style Sport
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 18 MM
Includes Brown perforated leather strap with signed steel pin buckle.
overall condition Great condition overall. Chrome-plated case largely remains intact with signs of wear consistent with age and use. Dial shows light and even patination. Radium burn noted on hour hand and dial.
Manual-winding
36 MM
– Show less
SKU AS09562
Article Number 40991935
case size 36 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1950s
dial color White
material Chrome Plated
style Sport
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 18 MM
Includes Brown perforated leather strap with signed steel pin buckle.
overall condition Great condition overall. Chrome-plated case largely remains intact with signs of wear consistent with age and use. Dial shows light and even patination. Radium burn noted on hour hand and dial.

Why We Love it

In life, there are no constants but time and the tides, and no one feels the relationship between time and tide more than fishermen. 

While publications like the Farmers’ Almanac have long attempted to give fishermen insight into the best time to fish, the results have been mixed. And watch companies, eager to dive into the post-war sporting boom of the late 1940s and early 1950s, sought to develop a watch that would be the definitive sportsman’s tool. Such is the case of this watch, the Solunar, and its companion, the Seafarer. 

The Solunar was created at the behest of noted outfitter Abercrombie & Fitch. Though the name might now conjure images of bare abs and cloying cologne, back then the company’s midtown Manhattan store was a sportsman’s Mecca. The company had enough pull with manufacturers to request specially-made products for their customers — thus, when enough A&F customers inquired about a watch that would show the tides, the president of Abercrombie & Fitch turned to Charles-Eduoard Heuer.

The timepiece that resulted from that inquiry, the Solunar, was “the only watch in the world that tells both SOLAR (sun) time, and LUNAR (moon) time”— or so an ad ran upon its release in 1949. The Solunar was a niche product, and saw a limited run of just 1,000 pieces before being discontinued, making it all the more sought-after today.

However, the Solunar would live on in the Seafarer. The tidal dial of the Solunar would be married, in true Heuer fashion, with that most versatile of complications: a chronograph. The Seafarer had the hour and minute counters of a standard chrono, but instead of running seconds, the tidal indicator was nestled comfortably in the register at 9 o’clock.

This particular Solunar, dates to the 1950s, and features a 36mm chrome plated case with a single barrel pusher at 4 o'clock, an acrylic crystal, an unsigned crown, and a tidal indicator at 6 o’clock. It also features a beautiful, patinated white dial with gold-foil Arabic indices, a turquoise lance handset, as well as radium lume plots.

Powered by the A Schild Calibre 1188 manually-wound movment, the Solunar harks back to the heyday of the wristwatch as a professional's tool, which makes us love it even more!

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.

A:S Guarantee

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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.

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