Edouard Heuer founded The Heuer Watch Company in 1860 in St. Imier, Switzerland. Chronographs have been the mainstay for Heuer and later TAG Heuer. Featuring many models and configurations, expanding the possibilities to the full. In 1958 Jack Heuer, Edouard’s son, joined the company. In 1963 the first generation of Carrera was launched. Singer made the dials, and Valjoux made the movements just like the Daytona. The name Carrera comes from Carrera Panamericana, a legendary race across Mexico. In 1999 TAG Heuer accepted a bid from LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton S.A.
Here we have a very special 1978/79 Heuer Verona Caliber 12. It had a short production run and was only shown in the 1978/79 Heuer catalogues. Based on their classic Carrera chronographs. The brushed 38mm stainless steel case is reminiscent of the 1950’s cases. Gently tapered lugs with a lug to lug length of 46.5mm and a thickness of 14mm gives the watch an excellent wrist presence. On the right side, we have the chronograph pushers. Unusually on the left side, we have the signed crown. In this configuration, the watch is very comfortable on the wrist. A stepped polished bezel holds the plexiglass above a black dial. An inner Tachymetre chapter ring surrounds the minute track with applied slim baton indexes marking the hours. At 3 o’clock a 30-minute register, at 6 o’clock a framed date window, and finally at 9 o’clock a 12-hour register. Fine white baton hands are complemented by a tapered white chronograph hand. Text is precisely printed with the Heuer motif reminding us of the brand’s heritage. On the reverse, a screw-down case back. Inside an Automatic Heuer Cal. 12, 17 jewels, 21,600 beats per hour. This movement is based on the Buren 1282 with a micro-rotor and was never designed to be a chronograph. Heuer attached a chronograph mechanism that led to the crown at 9 o’clock. The watch comes fitted on a 20mm leather strap with a signed buckle.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original box or paperwork. The watch comes paired on a well-suited black strap with a signed Heuer buckle, a spare Heuer buckle is provided too. The watch is from Circa. 1978/79 and is sold in worn, vintage condition. The watch has been polished in its past but remains in all original and fair condition for its age. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.