Dating from around 1915, this watch is considerably older than Jack Heuer and equally as well preserved. Almost certainly the oldest Heuer wrist chronograph I have ever seen; it was bought from the family of the original owner, who told me that it had been worn by their grandfather during WW1. Essentially a silver lady’s pocket chronograph with a 13′” movement; Heuer did the same thing as Vacheron did & rotated the case and dial through 30 degrees, in order for the lugs to clear the crown.
The case is Swiss silver, which is different to sterling silver, sterling is 92.5% silver, whilst the Swiss standard is 93.5%. The case has a hinged snap back, slim bezel and very substantial downturned lugs. There is a single stop/start/reset button operating through the onion shaped winding crown. The inside case back is signed ‘E. Heuer & Co’, has both the silver purity mark and the official Swiss silver hallmark of a rampant bear, it also is numbered 8786.
The white enamel dial has stylised full Arabic numerals, with a 30 minute register at 12, which most unusually has markings at every three minutes and a continuous seconds subsidiary dial at 6. Both subsidiary dials are sunk into the main dial surface. The hands are blued steel ‘spade’ style with needle sharp tips whilst the sweep second hand is simple blued steel with an extended counterweight.
The movement is a predecessor of the Valjoux 22, with 15 jewels, 3 adjustments and (as normal for a watch of this vintage) no shock protection for the balance. The movement is signed ‘E. Heuer & Co’ and numbered 8492 on the main plate.
The case is 90+%, as is the movement whilst the dial is 95%.
The watch measures 39mm Diam, 46mm lug to lug, it is 13 mm high and takes a 16mm strap and a grey parallel, padded leather one is fitted.
£7,000.00 (approx. $10,750.00 US)