The Cortina hails from a time when the Chronomatic-powered mainstays of the Heuer catalogue were slowly being replaced. While the Autavia remained a key part of the line-up, the Monaco and Silverstone had been discontinued, and the Carrera range reduced. In their places came a new range of Calibre 12 models, including the Daytona and the Cortina.

The Cortina name was also used in the early 1980s for a short-lived Lemania 5100 model. The second generation Cortina shares nothing, other than its name, with the Calibre 12 models from the 1970s.


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Vintage Heuer Cortina- The Ultimate Collector’s Guide

With all the focus on the “Big 4” vintage Heuer chronographs (Monaco, Autavia, Carrera and Silverstone), it’s easy to forget that there were many other models that sat alongside these classics during the 1970s. Names like Verona, Jarama and Daytona also appeared during this time and like the Big 4, were powered by the family of Chromomatic movements. Another forgotten… Read More

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Heuer and Lemania: Part Two

Heuer’s relationship with Lemania in the early 1980s was brief, but intense. As the first part of the Heuer/ Lemania story detailed, Heuer was actually owned by a consortium involving Lemania for a few short years before being sold to TAG in 1984/5. ThisĀ  relationship explains why there were so many Heuer models using the Lemania 5100 movement in the… Read More



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