From the early 60s Heuer built handheld and wrist stopwatches without showing time of day for special purposes: racing, running, regatta-sailing, skiing, golfing and some more.
They are the “trailblazers” of the Heuer Skipper. First on a cord in the pocket, than as a big yacht-timer on the wrist – and at the end as a full time showing watch with the yachting chronograph function on the wrist.
Here are some of the ads of yacht timers of Heuer and some pictures in flesh – please send more if you find pictures and references to complete the page 😉
This is just a start to catalog the Heuer Yacht Timer – you can see the further developement online – stay tuned and enjoy some pictures first!
The first found entry of a Yacht Timer made by Heuer is to read in the Catalog from 1936 showing on onthedash.com.
This old one have a very nice white case and a big crown.
In natural the Yacht-Timer looks very colorful and nice!
And yes – here you can see the real Autavia Skipper as first in a brochure – the Heuer Skipper 7764!
Interesting facts about the 5-dots wrist-stopwatch you can find here. It seems that this was built by Lemania and labeled with Heuer (and Aquastar).
The stopwatches sometimes have the typo “Trackmaster” on the dial, see one of the 603.615 too with that. “Trackmaster” (and “Trackstar”) stopwatches were selling by Heuer from 1968 till the 1980´s. Usually they had a cheaper pinlever movement but with regulation tolerance +- 1,5 sec/h. The professional calibres were 7700 with 36.000 bph and a regulation tolerance of 0,5 sec/h. *1
It seems that some of the Yacht timers were produced over a long time period with the same dial and different cases as the Ref. 653.515. Look at the older catalogues, need to have an exact eye to see some differences for that one.
This post needs to be continued…
Based on my idea to show all Heuer Yachting Timer year by year printed in the catalogues the mastermind of onthedash.com, Jeff Stein worked it out. He found some catalogpages more and filled the overview with some explaination and put in a very nice overview about the movements. This overview was made by Hans Schrag, a great expert and former (TAG-) Heuer director in the United States. Great stuff!
Here is the table of references with movements made by Hans Schrag and published by Jeff – and my additions.
|203.505||1982, 83||Lemania 6000|
|203.510||1982, 83||Lemania 6000|
|33.512||1961, 62, 63||AS 1564|
|3912||1959, 61||AS 736|
|503.512||1968, 72, 73, 78||Valjoux 7710|
|503.915||1973, 77, 78, 80||Valjoux 7710|
|603.615||1980, 82, 83||BF 411|
|653.915||1982, 83||BF 413|
|775.901, 775.915 (Supersport)||1973, 76, 77, 78||Val 7770|
|912/5, 912/10, 912/15||1962, 63||AS 736|
Source: *1 sempervivens on http://forums.watchuseek.com – have to prove.