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Heuer Carrera 1553N

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This Heuer Carrera 1553N automatic chronograph is packed with all the 70s vibes with a blue dial, asymmetric layout and a bright orange sweep seconds hand.

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Description

Heuer Carrera 1553N from 1972

Movement:
  • Heuer signed Cal. 15 automatic chronograph movement.
  • 17 jewels, 21600 A/h, 42 hours of power reserve.
Case:
  • Stainless steel case with screw-down caseback in very good condition.
  • 38,5 mm (without crown) / 44 mm (lug-to-lug) / 14 mm (thick) / 20 mm (between lugs).
  • Heuer signed steel winding crown in excellent condition.
  • Original fluted pushers for chronograph operation.
  • Acrylic crystal in great condition.
Strap:
  • Racing-style black leather strap with some signs of use.
  • Steel buckle.
Dial:
  • Deep blue period-correct first execution dial, with brushed metallic silver register and horizontal bar in grey shape.
  • Applied metal markers with tritium lume plots.
  • Tachymeter inner bezel has lost some printings on upper section.
  • Original and period-correct third execution hands with tritium lumen in excellent state.
  • Original bright orange sweep seconds hand in perfect condition.
A bit of history about the Cal. 15 (excerpt from Analog/Shift):

There were three watch groups racing to be the first to release an automatic chronograph in the late 1960s; Zenith, Seiko and the joint Project 99 venture. Ultimately, out of the competition greatness grew. Zenith, the renowned Swiss manufacture, would release its famed El Primero movement that found its way into many watches, including the Rolex Daytona. Seiko, the incredibly innovative Japanese powerhouse, produced their 6139 movement that would later become the first automatic chronograph in space. While the “winner” of this unofficial contest changes depending on who you ask, under the direction of Heuer, Project 99 created some of the era’s best looking watches: the Monaco, the Autavia and of course, the Carrera.

However, the costs associated with the Project 99 movement (named the Calibre 11 for retail purposes), proved to be higher than many consumers could swallow, leading to the eventual release of a “budget” variant, known as the Calibre 15. This particular example, a Reference 1553, utilizes just that type of movement, differentiated outwardly by the replacement of the 9:00 register (a 12 hour counter on Calibre 11/12 models) with a subsidiary seconds register at 10:00.

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When will I receive my new vintage watch?

We try to dispatch every order as soon as possible, but in some cases it can take us up to 48 hours to prepare your goods for shipment. Unless otherwise instructed by you, we will ship your watch with the Spanish Postal Service (link) and we’ll provide you with a tracking reference as soon as the package is delivered at the Post Office. The average shipment within the EU will take approximately 6 working days.

Is the shipment insured?

Yes. Shipping cost includes insurance equivalent to the price you paid for the watch. It does not include shipping costs.

 

How can shipping costs be the same when the value of the watches differ?

We take charge of the difference between the cost of the insurance and what we charge you. We calculate shipping costs based on a very low insurance value so we can offer you a simple checkout process. The remaining cost of insurance is deducted from our margin.

 

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Can I use my new vintage watch as an everyday wearer?

Sure. We only sell watches that are in full-working condition. However you must bear in mind that these are vintage pieces that may be 40, 50 or 70 years old. You can enjoy your new watch regularly under everyday life conditions. We do not recommend wearing your new vintage watch while performing sports or intense physical activities. Also, we cannot guarantee waterproofness in this kind of watches.

 

Where do you source the watches you sell?

In the land of the magic Unicorns, where everything is joy and bliss. No, seriously, we find most of our pieces at local auctions and flea markets. Some times we discover exceptional watches for sale at specialized forums. Occasionally, they come to us through their former owners who just want to sell them. In the end, we try to bring the most attractive and singular vintage watches to you.

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