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!

Another nice collection of yachting watches

There is another cool guy being influenced 😉

Well done, mate! Love all of them, the Carrera 1153 SN is one of the most rare and nice of the later Carreras.

credit: @livelargelivefast

Buyers beware on this Memosails… better have a closer look before buy!

Memosail Regatta Mens Chronograph Valjoux 7737 Rare 38mm Yachting Watch

It hurts my eyes to see this re-plated and glossy cases.
The dials and hands looks very good but these cases are never came glossy like that. You can have a look here how they should be.

So well – if you are a glossy case fan… you can do it. If you like genuine and honest watches take a closer look.

Here are the auctions: silver Memosail and gold Memosail.

 

Buyers beware on this two Skipper… better have a closer look before buy!

Two questionable Skippers on the market right now, maybe you want to have a closer look.

First will come on Watches of knightsbridge in September, 16th.

“A RARE GENTLEMAN’S STAINLESS STEEL HEUER SKIPPER CHRONOGRAPH WRIST WATCH CIRCA 1972, REF. 73464”

credit: Watches of knightsbridge

Personal opinion: Yes, kind of rare with a test dial. Or how WoK says: “WITH VERY RARE OVER PAINTED HEUER SHIELD DIAL

Hodinkee Skipper – interview with Louis Westphalen to get some more details

The new Skipper Limited Edition from TAG Heuer and Hodinkee – some more informations from an interview with Louis Westphalen from Hodinkee, the project man behind this Skipper.

Story short again:

It was the 21 of June 2017, the message runs through the world like a flash – in the break in the middle of a Christies auction with some nice Heuer watches that many members of the watchfamily followed.

What was it? A new Skipper as hommage of the Heuer Skipper 7754 aka „Skipperera“ was offered for 5.900 US$ from Hodinkee.com.
All the facts about the watch you can download here the original press release.

It was very surprising, especially after the words „We´ve moved away from yachting.“ from the French Headquarter in Paris they said to a friend. And we heard Mr. Biver said after the Hodinkee Skipper launch, that no further plans exists. But ok, if money can be earned, it may turn this.

There are some details that might be interesting for you we found out in a talk with Louis Westphalen, the project leader for the Limited Edition Skipper for Hodinkee.

Beautiful pic of an outstanding collection

credit: thien_chrobar

What we have here?

Heuer Regatta – Heuer Skipper 7764 – Lemania Regatta – Hodinkee Skipper Date

Yema Yachtingraf 7730 – Heuer Skipper 15640 black late – Yema Yachtingraf Regate jumbo “straight lugs”

Gallet Yachting – Gallet Yachting black

Crazy collection that is not easy to bring together. Congrats on this colorful and rare collection!

The Skipperera returns. As a sibling: Skipper Date.

credit: Louis

With a big bang Hodinkee brought back the Skipper to us – let´s call it the new “Skipper Date”.

From the first look – it looks cool!

But it will cost 5.900 US$ (really high price!) and it is limited to 125 pieces. A nobrainer? If you have the money – yes!

Two unbelievable rare Heuer Yachting watches are on auction in November 2017

So – whats going on in November 2017? There seems to be an auction that becomes more important then the Bonhams Haslinger auction in 2010:

The Crosthwaite & Gavin Collection: Exceptional Heuer Chronographs from the Jack Heuer Era

“Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, is proud to announce its first themed sale dedicated to Heuer, with The Crosthwaite & Gavin Collection. This landmark thematic auction, to take place in Geneva in November 2017, will offer 49 of the finest and best-preserved collectible Heuer chronographs produced between 1962 and 1982 – known to the community as the ‘Jack Heuer Era’.”

Of course Paul Gavin (www.heuerworld.com) and Richard Crossthwaite (www.heuermonaco.co.uk) are well known in the Heuer community – brilliant knowledge and exceptional collections got both and many pieces we can see on the 3 books over Monaco, Autavia and Carrera.

From the 49 more than cool watches are 2 really outstanding ones:

An exceptionally rare Autavia reference 2446 “first execution” ‘Seafarer’ from 1963, retailed by Abercrombie & Fitch Co. – one of only three known examples.
estimate: CHF 25’000-35’000

credit: Paul Gavin

est. value of the one of three 2446 screw case Seafarer

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A highly attractive and extremely rare Carrera reference 2447S ‘Yachting’ with unique, copper effect “tropical” dial.
estimate: CHF 12’000-18’000

credit: Paul Gavin

est. value of the "copper" Carrera Yachting

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The estimates seems low set, but on auctions you´ll never know…

What do you think about the value of these unique and beautiful pieces in this overheated market? Please vote!

 

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