Heuer Silverstone: Series Overview
When it comes to classic 1970s design, few watches are better examples of that periods’ look than the Heuer Silverstone. Launched in 1974, the Silverstone was available with a choice of three dial colours- Red, “Fume” and Blue.
The Silverstone was launched as the replacement for the Heuer Monaco, which today may be an icon of the TAG Heuer range, but by the mid-1970s, had proved to be a clear commercial failure. Heuer didn’t want to lose the trademark square case of the Monaco, and so softened the design, looked up the name of another famous Formula 1 racing track (Ah, Northampton….the Monaco of the North) and the Silverstone was born.
Unlike most Heuer models of the 1970s, the Silverstone line-up was very straight forward- three models with identical cases, hands and Calibre 12 movements- all that differed was the colour of the dial. Compare this to the Autavia line that had military and GMT variants, at least three different case designs and a mixture of automatic (Calibre 11, 12, 14 and 15) and manual-wind movements.
But what I love about the Silverstone dials is that Heuer didn’t just make them different colours- but instead gave each watch a different dial-finish to make them even more distinctive. Perhaps that’s a good excuse to own all three….or is it four?