my vintage watches

The 30-second summary.
The triple calendar moonphase has got to be one of the best looking complications you can come across. And when one comes with the Heuer signature, you're in for an extra treat both outside on the dial, and on the inside for the movement.


What's so special about the watch?
Produced as part of their 90th anniversary, the Mid-Century watches were a selection of triple calendars with a very nice touch. Heuer isn't very known for their selection of dress watches, but when you look at this one you might wonder why they didn't produce more. 

 

Apart from the patina on the dial, the layout of the Mid-Century watches from Heuer featured a lot of detail crammed into the conservative 34mm case. From the gently sloping sub-dial to the thick alpha hands, thsis watch has plenty to offer collectors new and seasoned alike.

 

What are the functions of the watch?

Time, month, day. date, moonphase. 

 

Let me tell you about the case...

This case is gold-capped, meaning that it's got a layer of solid gold placed over the the stainless steel case instead of being electroplated like the majority of watches during that period. The yellow gold plated case has survived the ages very well, with only light scratches and nothing else. The domed acrylic crystal is virtually scratch free, a condition shared by its signed caseback.

 

The acrylic dome rises high, giving the watch a substantial stature and wearing it slightly larger than the 34mm case might suggest. The curved lugs are recessed under the smooth bezel, adding to that effect. I can't put a word to it, but it gives the watch a certain sense of importance. 

 

And now the dial...

Patina-paradise! Age spots, freckles, dirt and chalk make up a considerable component of this dial. If you're not a fan of real-looking vintage, you might want to proceed to some of the other pieces on my site. 

 

Let's start with the hour indices. 3,9, and 12 applied Arabic numerals set the stage for the other teardrop indices, all 12 with their own blackeded lume. The lume dots have aged excellently to match the black markings on the dial, adding to that sense of importance I was talking about. Regal. 

 

The font on the date markings outside match the three large applied ones, and I love that consistency. You see that again in the use of hash markers for the minutes - thick for fives, thin for singles. And then again in the font used for text - Automatic, self-winding and the day and month wheels.  

 

Let's not forget the hands...

A thin arrow hand points the date, a blue tip to stand out from all the earthy tones. The main timetelling hands are cast in alpha, and filled with the same lume as the blackened ones on the dial, while a tiny gold lollipop takes care of the seconds. A point to note is the lume on the hour hand. There seems to be a little reluming done there, a slightly glossy variant applied that's visible under light.

"Chester" - 1950s Heuer 'Mid-Century' Triple Calendar

$1,890.00Price
  • Specifications

    • Triple calendar (month, day, date) 
    • Hour, minute and sweeping seconds hands with pointer date hand
    • Patina cream dial with applied indices and markers
    • 34mm gold capped stainless steel case
    • 40mm lug-to-lug
    • 18mm lug-width
    • Heuer bumper automatic @ 21,600 vph
    • Acrylic crystal
    • Aftermarket olive lizard strap
     

    Disclosure: The lume on the hour hand has been redone with a slightly glossy variant. Please refer to photos for reference.

     

    This watch will be shipped via FedEx International Door-to-Door.

     

    This is a vintage timepiece. Please expect signs of ageing and wear. Watch is checked to be in working condition when shipped. International sales are final; buyers are advised to ask all questions before purchase. Accuracy of watch cannot be guaranteed and there might be unexpected issues due to its age; servicing is recommended for practical everyday use.
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