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 history of building watches for sailing sportsmen goes back to the 1940s when HEUER launched watches for reording the time of regattas and showing tide indication (used by fisherman and sailing on the open sea).
These inluded:

HEUER Solunar
From the 40s HEUER produced the Solunar with tide indication that show high and low tide.

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Heuer Solunar
credit: TAGHeuer.com

HEUER Mareographe & Abercrombie & Fitch Seafarer
In the 1950’s HEUER launched the Mareograph and produced the same watch for Abercrombie & Fitch known as the Seafarer.
Production of both these models continued through to the late 1960’s/early 1970’s.

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Abercrombie & Fitch Seafarer (trading brand of Heuer in US)
early execution in modified 2446SF Autavia compressor case


HEUER Yachting Timer

From the early 60s Heuer built handheld and wrist stopwatches without showing time of day.
Read all about here...

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Different Yachting Timer made by Heuer

Heuer Skipper
End of the 60´s through to the early 80´s the Heuer Skipper was produced in different cases and colors.

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The Skipperfamily – Nic Greens collection some time ago
credit: Nic Green | chronomatic.com

Heuer Carrera Yachting
End of the 60s Heuer produced Carrera with a “Yachting” Subdial.

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Heuer Carrera Yachting
credit: Paul from heuerworld.com

HEUER Regatta
Another line with a 5-dot countdown timer, started in 1965 with distribution of  the Auqastar Regate, then co-branded with the HEUER logo.
In 1974 came the first own built HEUER Regatta with the Lemania 1345 movement.
Read all about here…

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Catalogue Heuer Regatta
credit: onthedash.com

Read more about the story of the Heuer Skipper here.