Heuer Jarama- Series Overview
By the late 1970s, Heuer had begun to expand its range of Chronographs. New names inspired by cities, places and towns with famous sporting connections- Daytona, Cortina and Kentucky- were added to the line-up, replacing discontinued models such as the Monaco and Silverstone. Also part of this late 1970s collection was a sporting Chronograph named after a Spanish Formula 1 track forever linked with Gilles Villeneuve- the Heuer Jarama.
Like the Cortina and Daytona, the Jarama was only produced for a couple of years and in limited numbers. This trio of Chronomatic Heuers have never quite made the grade as highly collectible models- yet- despite their rarity and attractive designs.
The Circuito del Jarma is a racetrack built in 1967 on the outskirts of Madrid. Home to the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix a total of nine times, the last Spanish Grand Prix here was held in 1981 and won by Ferrari’s Gilles Villeneuve. It would turn out to be Villeneuve’s last victory and was the closest finish in Grand Prix history, with the first five cars covered by 1.2 seconds.
Vintage car lovers will also recall the Lamborghini Jarama of the early 1970s. Despite the shared name, the Lamborghini is not named after the F1 circuit, but the area around the Jarama river, which is famous for bullfighting.
The watch has a shapely cushion-style case, with a combination of a polished lower case and a starburst top case. It’s a more complex case than many of Heuer’s designs and featured nicely integrated chronograph pushers and a clear, simple dial.
The Jarama was one of the first Heuer/ TAG Heuer watches to be offered in a variety of “bi-metal” finishes- a combination of Gold plate and stainless steel. The 110.245 features a stainless steel case with a scalloped gold bezel that seemingly inspired the new Rolex Skydweller.
The dial also feature a Pulsometer, a patent held by Heuer for watches and stopwatches since 1908 for measuring a patient’s pulse rate. In fact, look closely and you’ll notice that the inner flange is the same as that used on the 1970s Heuer Monza.