So – what is a Heuer Skipper?

skipper_15640_400This site will collect and show the facts of the HEUER Skipper – the yachting wrist chronograph made by Heuer from the late 1960s to the early 1980s in various configurations (and some more yachting watches).

The special function on this watche is  the regatta-timer, a subdial which shows the countdown of 15 minutes the sailors have  before they cross the starting line of a regatta.

The first regatta timer as a wristwatch produced by HEUER was given the name  Skipper. It was housed in the 1960’s Carrera case reference 2447.  All further executions were housed in the Autavia cases and included the case reference 7763 Compressor case (used for 2446), 73463, 1163V/1564, 15640/11630 and 11063. It is worth knowing that the Skipper reference codes were uniqe and did not correspond to the case reference number eg the first automatic Skipper reference 1564 was housed in a 1163V engraved case.

I have complied a list of details of the different  models of the Skipper available here. Please feel free to contact me if you have different views or you can add further informations.

Please be patient – this is a work in progress and it needs time to put all the information on a website. The site will be updated from time to time.

Read more about the history and the series of Yachting and Tide Watches from Heuer… there are Heuer Solunar – Heuer Mareographe – Abercrombie & Fitch Seafarer – Heuer Yachting Timer – Heuer Skipper – Heuer Carrera Yachting and the late Heuer Regatta!

The most rare Skipper?

Always asked: how many Skipper are out there? Nobody knows exactly, but here are how many from every execution are known till now.

updated: 08.08.2016

The story continues… finding a new “first” 7764 Skipper

What 7764 is that? Let´s find out step by step.

Another Skipper 7764 with great provenience!


After long time not seeing another discovered Skipper in the Autavia compressor case now another one popped up. The Skipper worked hard on Regattas but is still in good shape – the engraving on the case back is still visible and the bezel just got some minor scratches!
And our friend Manuel took the chance to catch this gem.

Aquastar Heuer Regate INTREPID


Found this till now unique watch is a step to history. It´s breathing history. Because that seems one of the first regatta wrist watches Heuer were selling, starting middle of the 1960s.

Heuer Autavia 2446 Yachting from 1964

Unbelievable found on eBay US – and good to know that this unique watch be in the hands of our friend Abel, who added it to his private collection.

Why this watch is unique?

The dial was specialy made by order of the owner of the Flying Magazine in the early 1960´s. Heuer was an advertising customer of this magazine. The first owner of this watch ordered it “with 5 minute quadrants” because in this time he was doing a great deal of one design and offshore racing. A 3rd execution 2446 case was used to “create” this 2446 Yachting.

He assumed that it was done in the Heuer NYC facility as it only took a couple of weeks to get it.

Since the purchase of the Autavia in 1964 or 1965 the watch was on the wrist of it´s owner for about 50.000 miles over the bottom as well as around 10.000 hours flying time. Now he searched a good home for his watch because he is no longer sail or fly in the age of 81.

And please have look at the watch before Abel was doing a very smooth service to keeping the wonderful charme of the unique yachting dial Autavia in the screw caseback 2446 case that was used for the “Jochen Rindt” too.

Smooth service included: NOS glass, very slight polish, movement service, pusher and crown service.

And so the watch arrived at the workbench.

Thanks a lot to Abel, who provide all information about this little treasure.
I am sure you will enjoy this watch a very long time!

Discovering Number 5 of the 73464 late species

If your read the post of “Three in a row is a series” you would love to see the new discovery. As a next proof I meet the Number 5 of the late execution cases Skipper 73464.

Please remember: outcut of the pusher and different color arrangement of the regatta register – and the serial fits perfect in the group of serials of the late executions!

Hope you enjoy the pics and big thanks to the owner for the nice pics!

Update 04/2015
There were 2 other ones on the market last weeks… very used. But Nr. 6 and Nr. 7 exists! Please send some informations if you are the happy user!

Vintage Quartz Regatta Timer at it´s best

Don´t want to talk about the quartz movements and regatta watches, all said by Mark on his site. But here is a nice and unusual one with a breath-taking provenance. This watch, a french friend called UFO was belonged to one of the best Skipper of the world, the danish national skipper hero Jesper Bank who won it at the Dragon European Championship in 1990.

The real “Skipper Skipper”!

Let´s introduce a Heuer Skipper 7764 in an Autavia compressor case with “normal” hands and with a serial that fits perfect in the line – and it is the most early one.

It is not only the very early serial that makes this Skipper really fantastic – it is the story behind this toolwatch.


Complete set was kept for 44 years

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