Heuer. A Fine Stainless Steel Military Flyback Chronograph Wristwatch
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Heuer. A Fine Stainless Steel Military Flyback Chronograph Wristwatch

SIGNED HEUER, BUNDESWEHR, REF. 1550 SG, CASE NO. 6645-12-146-3774, CIRCA 1975

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Heuer. A Fine Stainless Steel Military Flyback Chronograph Wristwatch
Signed Heuer, Bundeswehr, Ref. 1550 SG, Case No. 6645-12-146-3774, Circa 1975
Movement: Manual
Dial: Black, luminous Arabic numerals, luminous hands, two subsidiary dials
Case: Stainless steel, black bezel, back secured by 4 screws, two round buttons in the band, 43mm diam.
Strap/Buckle: Associated leather strap, stainless steel buckle

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Lot Essay

The Heuer "Bundeswehr" was made from the 1960s through circa 1980. It was made for the German Air Force (part of the German armed forces or "Bundeswehr" hence the nickname) and a version was also used by the Norwegian Air Force (called the "Luftforsvaret").

This model was made for military and civilian use and the main difference between the two are the military markings on the case back and a red "3 H" on the dial, which highlights the use of tritium lume on the dial and in the hands. This specific model was made for the German military. These "Bundeswehr" watches are very functional with an easy-to-read dial, long-stem pushers and crown (so the wearer can set the time and activate the chronograph with gloves easily), and rotating bezel with minute demarcations. The large size and military connection make this watch increasingly prized by collectors.

The present watch is a wonderful example of the most desirable version of the Bundeswehr. The luminous material on the dial and in the central hands has turned a beautiful warm tan and the dial has the large 3 H symbol most prized by collectors of these watches. It is not common to have an opportunity to buy a Heuer Bundeswehr in this condition or configuration.

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