Prior to Heuer’s introduction of the racing-inspired, Carrera series, early Heuer chronographs were setting the standard for which the brand has since become known. This rare, ‘pre-Carrera’ from the 1940’s is a perfect example of Heuer’s commitment to utilitarian functionality, married to classical design. It has its original, two-register glossy black dial, showing definite, early transition to a tropical/brown tone. It also has its original, unsigned crown and corresponding pump-pushers.
Early vintage Heuer chronographs take many forms, both in case shape and dial configuration, with this one featuring distinctive ‘oversized’ registers and Feuille hands. Sized at 34.5mm and 13mm thick, it has a nice modern presence on the wrist, complemented by the large crown and original, high-domed plexiglass.
The watch is a two-register chronograph, with two sub-dials featuring the thirty-minute counter at three o’clock and a running seconds at nine o’clock. The sub-dials have silver-coloured, stick hands and are recessed, creating depth on the face. The unrestored, ‘chocolate’ dial also features an outer-track, denoting the chronograph seconds, offering balance and legibility. Further to this, the dial also displays silvered Arabic numerals, which reflect light from varying angels. Complimenting this purposeful, utilitarian timepiece is the addition of Feuille hands, matching the contrasting silver tones on the dial.
Powered by a Landeron 13 movement (often found in early examples of Heuer military watches), it features a two-register chronograph with running seconds at nine o’clock.
Affectionately referred to as a ‘pre-Carrera’, this vintage Heuer Ref. 406 NR chronograph is a rare example of a truly original, archetypal tool watch that has everything a vintage collector would love. Its aesthetics, more closely related to those found in military watches, exhibit many of characteristics which make chronographs from the 1940’s so sought after today. The 30’s inspired, minimalist design tones offer unique insight into Heuer’s identity and principles throughout the period.
This watch is fitted with a black leather rally strap and stainless steel tang buckle.
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CONDITION, SERVICING & PROVENANCE
The steel case of this pre-Carrera is in excellent condition, it is thick and does not suffer from over polishing. Further, the machined key cut-outs in the screw-down case back are present and undamaged. The two-register, glossy black dial is exceptionally well-preserved, with no signs of previous exposure to the elements and shows definite transition to a tropical/brown tone. It also has its original, unsigned crown and corresponding pump-pushers. The case back exhibits light scratching, consistent with use. This Heuer 'pre Carrera' watch has been fully-serviced and keeps excellent time.
All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches are covered by a full, or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information.
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DELIVERY & RETURNS
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If ordering from the UK or Europe before 1 PM, your watch will be sent the same working day. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working day.
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