This perfect replica Heuer “Pre-Carrera” from the 1940s is one not to be missed. Interestingly, this model got its nickname because of its shared reference number “2447” and the design elements that were carried over to the Carrera introduced in 1963. The most compelling resemblance is the unmistakably strong shape of the lugs; angular and elongated. Plus, it is fitted with the same chronograph movement, the Valjoux 72. Unlike the Carrera from the 1960s, this ref. 2447 has more of a 1940s design. This “Pre-Carrera” design is more reminiscent of military chronographs with a screw-down caseback and luminous syringe-type hands.
What’s really amazing about this watch is the overall condition. The black dial is still clean and well-preserved with an honest patina, and the gold-tone gilt writing really pops against the black background. The oversized registers are almost touching each other and finished with concentric circles, which maximizes legibility. The lume on the large Arabic numerals is well-preserved with the perfect amount of patina in pale yellow, as it often has the tendency to turn into a very dark color. Just a stunning watch overall! You can make it yours by heading over to the online store.
There are so many beautiful pocket watches that still remain under-the-radar. When this gorgeous piece showed up at our office, I immediately had to stop everything I was working on to take a look and test it out for myself. From a design standpoint, this pocket watch has form and function perfectly aligned. The layout of the dial is clean and to the point with black painted Arabic numerals and minute track for maximum clarity. Also, the railroad track on the registers finished with the concentric circles are a subtle but thoughtful finish for a simple timing instrument. And, let’s not forget the gorgeous blued steel leaf hands, which are also used in some of the favorite classic dress watches from the same era, like the Calatrava by Patek Philippe. Visit the website https://www.caltour.vg/ to explore this piece for yourself.