Ultimate Guide to the Heuer Silverstone
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?