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?

Silverstone 110.313B

The Blue Silverstone features a metallic inner-bezel and a flat pale blue dial- you can see the slightly different shades of blue in the photo below:

Silverstone 110.313F

The most dynamic Silverstone is the Fume model with its star-burst dial and matching inner-bezel:

Silverstone 110.313R

And finally, the Red Silverstone has a gloss red inner-bezel and matching dial:

The forgotten Silverstone

And then there is the other Silverstone- the one launched by Heuer in the early 1980s when a series of Lemania 5100-powered watches were released. The watch doesn’t really share any of  the design elements of the original Calibre 12 Silverstone, but I think it’s unique enough to wear the Silverstone name.

Of the three colours, it is the Blue that is the hardest to find in good, original condition. It also seems to be the colour in the most demand, so you can expect to pay a premium if that is the colour you want. Each of the dials have their own distinct character…and while I love the Calibre 12 trio, the Lemania Silverstone is perhaps the most underrated.

In terms of today’s TAG Heuer Silverstone, your options are limited to blue and brown, although it will be interesting to see how far bidding goes on the special one-off “Jack Heuer” Red Silverstone to be auctioned in two weeks in London- a fitting way to end the celebrations for TAG Heuer’s 150th anniversary.

TAG Heuer Silverstone Re-edition

TAG Heuer SilverstoneTAG Heuer relaunched the Silverstone in 2010 to help mark the 150th anniversary of Heuer/ TAG Heuer. The re-edition (above right) is almost identical to the original- you can see the comparison here.



  • Nice article DC.

    Interestingly its the fume i wear most, it seems to go with most clothes and situations. Its also the nicest dial, the blue dial is metallic BUT as you rightly point out is quite flat, the fume really has that metallic “pop” and starbusrt effect in sunlight. Of course perhaps for future collecting the lack of the red dial re-edition makes the Bordeuax attractive and it really stands out!

    Price wise due to it being even more scarce the blue is the most valauble with Bordeaux a close second and Fume a few hundred pounds behind.

    Apart from the obvious condition of the case the issues to look for are…

    Crystal condition (try and find an original one, i have seen some repros, they do not fit that well). It’s glass so unlike our old school plexi’s the nicks and scratches are there forever

    Dial, unmarked is always worth paying extra for

    Hands, service hands are better on these than the Monaco service type however if possible original ones are better. The old lume tends to go either a grey type colour or cream.

    The Flange lume. the outer angles flange has delicate lume plots glued directly to the dial. These are often chipped or have fallen off (leaving a white area below), they cannot be succesfully relumed. My advice is don’t buy one with a missing lume plot…



  • wynonie

    What a fantastic post – this is why I love this site! I had never seen that fourth Silverstone before and now will have to make it my life's work to track one down.

    I think its a wonderful re-edition line too, but i'm not sure how popular its been. It seems there are a few deals available especially for, ironically, the blue. Its odd that it was intended to update the Monaco, but actually feels more of that period than the re-edition Monacos do.

    Thanks again David, really interesting stuff.

  • Olaf

    I agree – again an interesting article. I am always looking forward to find something new from Calibre 11 in my RSS feeds.

  • bradharro

    Great article David.

    Im a big fan of this re-edition although Im disappointed its only available with the leather strap and not the bracelet.

  • DC

    Thanks guys,

    Yes, I don't know how successful the new Silverstone has been. While I love the design, I can see that its a niche watch- as many people will love it as hate it. Its perfect for a Limited Edition run, but you couldn't see this being part of the regular range (although you could argue that the Patek Nautilus is just as polarising)

    Rich, great insight- agree with everything you've written.

    If people aren't familar with Rich's Silverstone website ) you should make sure you take a look.


  • Wisconsin Proud

    Nice bit of history, David. thanks for sharing.

  • Jacob

    Best Silverstone article I've found in my on-line research. Thanks! And Rich's comments were quite helpful, too.

  • DC

    Thanks Jacob


  • Markus

    I love this model and the fact that they kept it almost identical to the original one. Excellent blog post!

  • Thanks Markus- yes, Silverstone is very close to the original.

    I reckon the Silverstone will follow the same pattern as the TAG Heuer Autavia…watch everyone discover these again in a couple of years…