Hands on Review- TAG Heuer Carrera 40th Anniversary Jack Heuer Edition

Posted by: Abel Court and DC   |   14 February 2010   |   24 Comments  

The re-editions of the Carrera are generally considered the best executed of the various classic watches bought back to life. The Carrera re-edition of 1996 was the first attempt by TAG to tap into its history and was successful in bringing the Monaco, Autavia, and Silverstone, to a new generation of  collectors.

Of these various re-edition models, perhaps the most sought-after is the 1964 limited edition (Ref. CV2117), known as the Jack Heuer 40th anniversary Carrera. The watch was announced at Baselworld in 2005 to mark the 40th anniversary of the first Heuer Carrera, which was released in 1964.

Named after the famous “La Carrera Panamericana” Rally that was held from 1950-54, the original watch(Spanish for “Race“) was the first Heuer model with its own model name.

The 40th anniversary watch was available as a limited edition of 1964 watches and was engraved on the back with ‘Carrera 1964 – 2004, 40 years of legend’ and the signature of Jack Heuer. The watch came with a black 20mm leather rally-style strap on a deployment clasp.

Unlike the first re-editions, the 40th anniversary model featured an automatic movement (Calibre 17- ETA 2894) and a 39mm case, as against the 36mm of the 1996 model. The extra size makes a big difference in how the watch “wears”-the 36mm re-edition feels too small to me, while the 40th anniversary model feels just right.

The design of the 1964 Limited edition is heavily based on the Carrera 1153S of 1969, sharing the silver/ Grey coloured dial, two dark-Grey sub-dials. stainless steel hands, orange centre chrono hand and date at 6 o’clock.

Many collectors view the 40th anniversary model as the most collectible of any modern TH- but to me the watch was a bit of a disappointment and I did not hold on to mine for long.

Why? Because I’d fallen in love with the prototype version of this watch that was subtly different to the version that was eventually put into production. I should add that these amount to small details, but every time I saw a photo of the prototype version, I’d wish that I had that watch instead.

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