Beginning in the 1940s, Heuer began making watches branded for sale by Abercrombie & Fitch in New York. At that time, Abercrombie & Fitch was an elite outfitter of sporting goods. Two of the proprietary models Heuer produced for Abercrombie & Fitch were the Solunar and the Seafarer, which tracked the tide and time that fish and animals were most active based on the solunar theory. The solunar theory posited that the movement of animals and fish was affected by the location of the Moon. The Seafarer incorporated a chronograph.
Purchased directly from Abercrombie & Fitch towards the mid 1970s, the original owner of this watch was an engineer by profession. He grew up during the depression in the city of Buffalo and after dropping out of high school he worked at Bell Aircraft before the second World War. When Pearl Harbor occurred, he enlisted and went into the 101st Airborne Division when it was just being formed. He jumped into Normandy on D-Day, jumped into Holland in operation Market Garden, and was trucked up to Bastogne in the middle of the night for the Battle of the Bulge. He trained for a year, fought in Europe for a year, and came home on a hospital ship to recover over a period of time from his war wounds. He finished high school in a veteran high school where he acquired an engineering degree in college on the G.I. Bill, and went on to a very successful career with DuPont in his chosen field. hen he started to have a little discretionary income in the 1950’s, he started sailing, and racing sailboats. It is clear that this sought-after watch appealed to its owner because at the time Abercrombie and Fitch was a well respected name and retailer. Secondly, the “Seafarer” chronograph with it’s tide function appealed to his sailing background, his ultimate passion.
Offered in good condition, the original owner of this watch only wore it only a handful of times before putting it into a drawer where it has stayed for almost 40 years.