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Heuer Carrera Meister

Ref. 2447 eggshell dial circa 1966

Maker:

Heuer

Model:

Carrera

Reference No.:

2447S 1st Execution

Date:

circa 1966

Serial No.:

69XXX

Case:

Unpolished steel screw-back, 19mm. facetted lugs, serial correctly punched between, original pushers and original plain button, case back reverse signed HEUER LEONIDAS SWISS stainless steel.

Dial:

Original eggshell finish signed CARRERA HEUER with retailer's signature MEISTER, 3 engine-turned subsidiary dials with black-painted hands, original lume dots at the end of every steel hour marker

Hands:

Plain steel matchstick hands with original lume inserts

Movement:

Valjoux 72, manual wind, signed Heuer – Leonidas SA Swiss

Strap:

brown leather Bulang strap with early Heuer buckle

Price:

£10,000

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Info:

This rare and beautiful Heuer Carrera watch is an exceptional example from the 1st execution series, which were only made between 1964 and 1968. During the 1st Execution period the Carrera was only being made with the plain silver and black dials – the examples with contrasting colour subsidiary dials were made in the later 2nd Execution range post 1968. Of the 1st execution range of silver dials the first had an eggshell finish, like this example, then a little later the dials were given a sunburst finish. The eggshell-finished dials are considered by collectors and dealers to be more desirable and those with the original retailer's marking – in this instance – MEISTER are very rare indeed. Meister The Jewellery company Meister is a fourth generation business founded in 1881 in Zurich, by a goldsmith called Emil Meister. By 1950 the company, then run by his son Walther Meister, began to expand into high-class jewellery and watches, with three stores retailing the best quality timepieces, including the Heuer Carrera. Meister sold only a very few Carreras, which had their retail name on the dials above the Heuer logo. The company still thrives now with 4 stores in Zurich.