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1960s Heuer Carrera

2447 NST
36 mm
Very good

A Carrera with a stunning reverse panda dial, a Gay Frères bracelet, and the Valjoux 72 hand-wound movement.

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In the early 1960s the Heuer watch company began work on the development of a clean and legible chronograph that would be used for timing car races. The idea stemmed from an interaction CEO Jack Heuer had with Pedro and Ricardo Rodríguez de la Vega in 1962. The two brothers, who drove for Ferrari at the time, spoke of the dangerous Carrera Panamericana road race in Mexico that ran the previous decade. Jack was so captivated by the name that he registered it for Heuer and within one year developed the racing chronograph he’d been dreaming of—the Heuer Carrera.

The inaugural Carreras were equipped with matte black, eggshell white, and silver dials with either two or three registers and the option of tachymeter or decimeter scales at the outer edge. Additionally, various case materials were available, including regular steel, gold-plated steel, and an exclusive 18k solid gold case paired with the three-register silver dial. These initial Carrera designs, characterized by their iconic faceted lugs, were produced for only a short period before transitioning to chunkier, barrel-shaped automatic models in the 1970s.

The watch here came from the grandson of the original owner and is one of our personal favorite configurations with a highly sought after reverse panda dial. For added practicality there's a tachymeter scale at the outer edge. This is what 1960s chronograph design is all about—a fun and highly legible dial powered by the venerable Valjoux 72 movement. What's more, the watch is fitted with an exceedingly rare double grain beads of rice bracelet made by Gay Frères. Adding this accessory completely changes the wearing experience in the best possible way. Packages like this don't come up for sale often, and to make it even sweeter this one has just been fully serviced so the future owner can enjoy for many years to come.







2447 NST



Case Number:


Case Material:

Stainless steel


36 mm

Lug Width:

18 mm


12.9 mm


44.8 mm










Valjoux 72


Heuer Gay Frères stainless steel bracelet with HEL end links and 1/67 clasp code

Max Wrist Size:

6.75 in (7.625 in w/ 3 additional links)

Hand model has a wrist size of 6.2 in


UNWORN: Case is pristine with no signs of use. Original stickers may still be present. Dial, hands, and lume have no imperfections and may show natural, even aging.

MINT: Case has only a few superficial hairlines. Lugs are thick, full, and sharp with superb finishing. Dial, hands, and lume may have micro imperfections visible only with a loupe.

EXCELLENT: Case has very light scratches or nicks. Lugs are thick, full, and well-defined. Dial and hands may have imperfections visible upon close inspection. Lume is fully intact and may show slight discoloration.

VERY GOOD: Case may have a few moderate scratches or nicks. Lugs are thick and full but may have softened edges. Dial and hands may have light stains or marks. Lume may have cracks or discoloration.

GOOD: Case has many scratches and nicks. Lugs may show signs of moderate polishing with worn edges. Dial and hands may have noticeable stains or marks. Lume may be damaged or show significant discoloration.

Case: The stainless steel case shows normal signs of wear for a watch of this age. There are hairlines, nicks, and light scratches throughout, but the case remains remarkably strong. The lugs are thick and sharp with superb definition at the edges. The caseback has numerous hairlines and a couple of long scratches. The backs of the lugs show signs of prior strap removal. The serial number engraving between the lugs at 6 o'clock remains sharp and legible.

Dial, Hands, & Crystal: The matte black dial and polished hands are in excellent condition. There is a very small dark dot on the dial next to the 11 o'clock hour marker. The tritium plots at 3 and 6 o'clock show some degredation. The three registers and the outer ring have aged to a nice cream color. The hands show a couple faint scratches on close inspection. The tritium of the hour hand has two tiny holes, while the tritium of the minute hand has some cracking. When exposed to UV light, the tritium across the dial and hands briefly glows the same color and then quickly fades. The acrylic crystal is super clean with no major scratches or chipping present.

Bracelet/Strap: The condition of the Gay Frères bracelet is consistent with the rest of the case. There are scuffs and light scratches throughout. The double graining of the inner links retains its structure. The buckle shows some desk-diving marks and light scratches. The Heuer signature remains crisp and detailed.


Timing: The watch has been measured with a timegrapher at six different positions. The rate, amplitude, and beat error are within acceptable ranges. While resting face up, the rate is -4s/d.

Functions: All functions including the crown winding, time setting, and chronograph start/stop/reset are working as expected.

Service History: The watch recently underwent a full service by Art of the Watch that was completed on 10/03/2023.

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What's Included

What's Included



Heuer Carrera on a stainless steel bracelet.





Service record from Art of the Watch dated October 2023 and 3 additional bracelet links.