First Look- 2017 Heuer Carrera Ronnie Peterson Edition CBH2210

Today we can bring you news of a very special new Carrera with genuine Formula 1 heritage. Every Carrera re-edition since the first in 1996 has been based on the case design of the original 1963 Carrera, but now we have a new 2017 model that is a re-edition of the second generation Carrera that debuted in 1969- the Ronnie Peterson Special Edition Carrera.

Ronnie Peterson was a Swedish Formula 1 driver from the halcyon days of the 1970s, driving most of his career for the JPS Lotus team. Tragically, Peterson died following a crash at the Italian Grand Prix of 1978, a significant accident that broke both of his legs, although one that most people agree should never have resulted in the driver’s death had he been correctly treated in hospital in the hours following the crash. The “Super Swede” was a two-time runner-up in the Formula 1 World Championship and still remembered fondly in F1 circles for his speed and dash, especially in his native Sweden.

The Watch

2017 Heuer Carrera CBH2210 Ronnie Peterson Calibre 11

Let’s get straight into the specs of the newest Carrera:

  • Case: 38mm stainless steel
  • Bezel: fixed steel
  • Domed sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective glass
  • Silver dial with matching silver flange
  • Movement: Calibre 11 (Sellita/ Dubois-Depraz)
  • Milanese steel strap

While some of Heuer’s recent re-editions have been “inspired” by the past, rather than being faithful reproductions, the Peterson Carrera is a near-perfect facsimile of the original, all the way down to the fluted chronograph pushers.

2017 Heuer Carrera CBH2210 Ronnie Peterson Calibre 11

But there’s more- a second version of this watch in 18k gold- as we’ll tell you shortly.

The Inspiration- Heuer Carrera 1158CH

Heuer Carrera 1158CH Ronnie Peterson

The new Carrera is based on the 1158CH Carrera from the mid 1970s. Using the second generation case, the 1158CH is made from 18K gold with a matching 18k Milanese bracelet, which at the time cost twice as much as the watch itself. There were several versions of the 1158 Carrera, but the specific version used as the basis for the re-edition was the watch above, owned by Ronnie Peterson. This model has the distinctive Cotes de Geneve Champagne coloured dial, with black sub-dials, a black central chronograph hand.

Heuer Carrera 1158CH Ronnie Peterson

The watch above- a gift from Jack Heuer to Ronnie- was sold earlier this year by Ronnie’s daughter Nina (yes, Nina is named after the wife of fellow F1 great Jochen Rindt) earlier this year for an amazing CHF225,000.

Ronnie Peterson and Jack Heuer

In fact, there were two “Peterson” Carreras, because Ronnie and his brother Tommy bought a similar 1158 Carrera as a gift for their father. One of Tommy’s friends shared with us a photo of Tommy Peterson with that Carrera. And that second Heuer box that contains a Rolex? That’s the original box for Ronnie’s gift from Jack Heuer.

Price and Availability- Carrera CBH2210 Ronnie Peterson Calibre 11

Heuer Carrera CBH2210 Ronnie Peterson Calibre 11

There are two versions of the Ronnie Peterson Carrera Re-edition. The first is the stainless steel model shown here, which is limited to only 40 pieces (sorry, that’s not a typo), all of which are on sale in Sweden priced at 85,000 SEK, approx. US$10,500. Considering the small production run and the bespoke nature of the case and bracelet, we think that’s a very reasonable price.

Heuer Carrera CBH2210 Ronnie Peterson Calibre 11

The second is a unique edition of one- a single gold Carrera, just like the original, that will be auctioned in early 2018. Stay tuned for full details over the coming months.

Heuer Carrera Gold Ronnie Peterson Calibre 11

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Thanks to @68molle on Instagram and @Jim Dollares from the Calibre 11 Forum for bringing the watch to our attention

 

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  • Fabrizio

    Nice one – I especially like how close it is to the original: fluted pushed, solid caseback (thank you, at last!), Heuer and Carrera script, hands.
    Pricey yes, but probably worth the money for the real Peterson / F1 / Lotus fans who can live without a 12-hr counter – this a serious gap in a real chronograph to me. And think about it: the vast majority of the Heuers that are now associated with racers (the Rindt, the Siffert, the Viceroy, the Villeneuve Autavias and the “Ferrari” gold Carreras) had that 12-hr counter in fact…

    • Agree Fabrizio- very close to the original and a lot of effort on the small details