Heuer, "Bundeswehr.". Made for the German Military in 1970's. Military wristwatch with black bezel, round button Flyback chronograph and register.
Case: Three body, brushed, case back with 4 screws and engraved: Bundeswehr 6645-12-146-3774, bidirectional revolving graduated bezel. Nick on lower left lugs. See detail in pictures.
Dial: Black with luminous Arabic numerals, outer minute/ seconds track with 5-minute/seconds Arabic markers, subsidiary seconds and 30 minutes register dials. Luminous white baton hands.
Movement: Caliber 230, rhodium-plated, 17 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self compensating flat balance spring.
Issued: NATO 6645-12-146-3774
Diameter: 42mm Thickness: 13mm
In the early 1960’s, Leonidas watch company began producing chronograph wristwatches for the West German Federal Airforce, the Bundesluftwaffe. When Heuer bought the Leonidas company, they continued to produce some of the Leonidas designs, including the Bundeswehr models.
There are several configurations of the Heuer-branded dials. The present example is from the late years of production, featuring the larger “Heuer” logo below 12 o’clock on an otherwise sterile dial with no markings.
Heuer also issued watches to other units of the German military, so the case backs for the watches issued to the Bundeswehr were engraved with numbers corresponding to the specifications for these watches. The Budeswehr cases were produced by Sinn, and both companies reached a deal where Sinn would be allowed to use the cases they produced as well as the movements to sell Sinn-branded versions. While production of the Heuer-branded watches ceased in the late 1970’s, Sinn continued to produce the Bundeswehr into the 1990’s and was responsible for servicing any of the military-issued watches after Heuer production ended.
The Heuer Bundeswehr is sought after for its functionality, with large numerals and flyback chronograph and modern design compared to many watches of the 1970’s