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.
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!
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!
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!
We count know 12 pieces of this execution of Skipper. Isn´t that great?
This is a nice video showing the Regatta-Countdown is working in time laps.
Thanks for showing, Gabe!
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.
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.
Here ist the story of finding a new type of the Valjoux Skipper.
It started with finding a picture of a Valjoux Skipper that shows a difference – the colors of the subdial….
There are not so many Yachting Watch Maniacs in the world – but there is a nice network between them.
It is a pleasure to present the beautiful collection of JMG Hors l’eau j’erre, a forum buddy from the Montres Mécaniques Forum from France.
It needs a couple of years to collect this masterpieces of Yachting Watches, some never seen before and ultra rare and some are definitly the basics of a Yachting Collection.
Some words to the movements and editions as far as known. Next to be added some backgrounds, advertisments, catalog-scans, text and pictures to the single yachting watches.
Enjoy and thanks to Jean-Marie!
There are so small informations about the Skipper and much less about the early Skipper. We not even know all exactly and the old watchmaker may laugh about the watch enthusiast discussing every litte line on a dial in different color and thickness, any hand with different colors and if the dot is over the 90 or not – sorry, that’s a different kettle of fish 😉 (in-joke!). But all things are simpler than we think.
An example – this old Skipper here.
Found another Skipper with unusual case at Heuer Factory Archive!
During the Heuer Collector Summit in La Chaux-de-Fonds we were given the opportunity to have a closer look at some vintage heuer watches from the Tag Heuer archive and I was amazed to find a never seen manual-winding Skipper 73464. This Skipper was not cased with the usually 7736 case (the case reference 73463), seems to be a 1564 case. Note the difference at the pushers and cut out. In addition to that the countdown register marking are different. I can only assume that it is a prototype or a very early production piece.