HEUER CARRERA – 2° EXECUTION REF. 2447 REVERSE PANDA
The Heuer Carrera was launched in 1963, and the inspiration for this iconic watch was taken by the most dangerous car race in the world at the time, the Carrera Panamericana in Mexico. The Carrera Panamericana was an international road car race held in Mexico from 1950 to 1954, when it was suspended as it was deemed too dangerous by the same authorities who had originally promoted it. Jack Heuer, then at the lead of Heuer, was fascinated by this extreme race and decided to create a sports chronograph for drivers naming it “Carrera”. The simple but essential design, the size and the reliability of the caliber made this watch an icon just a few years after its introduction. Today, the Carrera is still produced in a modern version by TAG HEUER. The most sought-after Carrera models are of course the vintage models like this “2nd Execution” model with the “Reverse Panda” dial.
This Heuer Carrera is a 3 counters chronograph reference 2447, the very first Carrera model in history. Due to its characteristics, specimens like the one we are offering are considered by collectors as the second series or “2nd Execution”. The Carrera was marketed with a few dials iterations, but the “Reverse Panda” with black dial and contrasting black counters with white outer track is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after among Heuer collectors. The watch is in excellent general condition and has no particular flaws. The dial has no scratches or marks, the case is exceptionally well preserved, the Valjoux-72 movement works perfectly, the caseback has no steel-cancer and screws as it should. All components are correct for a second series Carrera chronograph, including the dial with the “T” indication for tritium and the caseback with the signature “Heuer-Leonidas”.
Serial Number XXX, watch manufactured in mid 1960s circa.