Ultimate Guide to the Heuer Verona

The Heuer Verona was launched in 1978 and showed that even in the grip of the quartz crisis, Heuer still knew how to make a beautiful classic chronograph. While most of the 1970s was about bright colours and over-sized funky cases, the Verona turned back the clock to the clean, elegant design of the first Carrera from 1963- a simple round case, internal tachymeter ring and a clear, open dial.
Being from the late 1970s, the Verona was not just about automatic chronographs, as there were also two quartz options in …

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[Posted by: David Chalmers | 22 Dec 2014 | No Comment ]
TAG Heuer Carrera McLaren 1974 Edition

This weekend is one of the most special dates on the global motoring calendar- the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Taking place at Lord March’s Goodwood estate near Chichester, West Sussex, the event has usurped traditional events like motor shows to become the place for car markers to show off their latest efforts. And it’s not just the car companies who are there- many of the Formula 1 teams and drivers come along to show off current and historic racing cars.
TAG Heuer began sponsoring the event in 2011, and just a …

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[Posted by: David Chalmers | 25 Jun 2014 | 9 Comments ]
Hands-on Review: TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 36 Flyback

The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 36 Flyback is a study of both the past and the present, in that it combines three innovative ideas from the 1960s into a modern, contemporary chronograph. The first of these ’60s icons is of course the Carrera itself, with the case design of the current range staying true to the very first Carrera of 1963. Then of course there is the movement, the famous El Primero, introduced in 1969 and still made today by TAG Heuer’s sister company Zenith. And lastly we have a design layout …

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[Posted by: David Chalmers | 10 May 2014 | No Comment ]
Carrera Ring Master- Japan Edition

It always seems as though our friends in Japan get all the cool stuff- the latest sneakers, talking robots, crazy gadgets and Limited edition watches.
TAG Heuer typically release a number of watches each year that are only sold in Japan- such as a series of Carreras to commemorate the great driving roads of the world, and an Aquaracer series to mark the world’s best diving spots.
Typically these Japan-only LE series are small variations on standard models, such as a unique dial or color combination.
This year, TAG Heuer Japan has released …

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[Posted by: David Chalmers | 29 Sep 2011 | 16 Comments ]
Pairs of Aces- Heuer Autavia 11630 & 11063

The Autavia is my favourite vintage Heuer series, in part because of the amazing diversity of the range. The Chronomatic Autavias formed the heart of the Heuer line-up from the time of their introduction in 1969, through to the last days of Heuer in 1984. During this time there were three distinct Autavia generations- 1163, 11630 and 11063.
This article covers two styles of Autavia spread across two generations- 11630 and 11063 Autavia Divers and Autavia GMTs.
Heuer Autavia Divers
The two watches above show two different styles of Diver Autavias- on the …

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[Posted by: David Chalmers | 2 Sep 2012 | 11 Comments ]
Heuer Autavia GMT Restored

Back in February I posted a few photos of a tired Autavia that I had bought with the aim of having it restored. The 11063 GMT Autavia is one of the last of the Heuer Autavia series, and my favourite of the Autavia GMTs, with its all-black dial and over-sized case. They are however difficult to find, which is why I was prepared to buy one in need of some work.
The work was done by Abel Court, a well-known Heuer collector who has the magic touch when it comes …

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[Posted by: David Chalmers | 24 Apr 2010 | 25 Comments ]
Heuer Autavia Diver 100- Unlocking the Secrets

Like many things to do with Heuer watches from the early 1980s, the story of the Autavia Diver 100 is hard to untangle. The watch is from the last of the Autavia range- the 11063V- with its distinctive over-sized case and heavily scalloped bezel. Today the watch is second only to the Chronomatic Siffert Autavia in terms of value and scarcity. Yet, there are some odd things going on

Why are we all of a sudden seeing a relative flood (albeit a trickle in absolute terms)  of these watches on the …

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[Posted by: David Chalmers | 1 Nov 2009 | 10 Comments ]