Heuer introduced the Seafarer in the early 1950s and the present example is one of the first of many versions that were produced. The earliest models can be distinguished by their oversized registers. The syringe-style hands are unique to the early model, as well. The register at 9 o'clock displays a colorful tide disc inside an 180 degree aperture. The chronograph minute recorder at 9 o'clock has two blue segments. The hands are very different too, with pin like ends that are not seen on later models. In addition the caliber was a modified version of Valjoux 71.
The present example is a very rare opportunity for a collector to own the famous Seafarer, the earliest version that was ever made that is furthermore aged in a most pleasing way, reflecting the life the watch has lived in Brazil since its original purchase by a gentleman in New York in the early 1950s. The watch is now property of the grandchild of the original owner and has been worn no more than a few times over the past 25 years, with it residing in a safe place ever since.