Heuer. A Stainless Steel bi-compax Chronograph Wristwatch with silver dial, Carrera, Ref. 3647T in near New Old Stock Condition
Movement: Valjoux 92 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels.
Dial: Silvered matte dial with applied baton numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, outer tachymetre scale in red and recessed fifths of a second divisions, two engine-turned subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds and 45 minutes register. Dial is spotless, patina on Tritium and markers.
Case: circular water-resistant-type case with screw back, extended angular downturned lugs, two round chronograph buttons in the band. Small hairlines scratches but unpolished and in near NOS condition with sticker still on back
Signed Heuer, Carrera, case and movement signed Heuer-Leonidas SA. Movement is behaving within COSC.
Diameter: 36 mm. Thickness: 13mm
The Heuer Carrera model derives its name from the famous and very dangerous Mexican "Carrera Panamericana" race that was started in the 1950s. It was considered the most dangerous race in the World and attracted many of the leading drivers of the time. The Argentinean driver Juan Manuel Fangio, five times Formula 1 World Champion, won the race in 1953.
As a tribute to this unique adventure, Heuer launched the Carrera chronograph wristwatch in 1963. The model with its distinctive look was an immediate success. Jack Heuer, CEO of the company, wanted a watch with excellent readability. The Carrera became a best seller for the company and was made in many different variations. The line was revived by Tag Heuer and the earliest models have now achieved iconic status.
The present model is the most legible among the Carreras with a red tachymetre scale printed around the hour marker. Combined the red tachymeter with the cleaner bi-compax combination found in the ref 3647, it gives the dial a larger and clearer look. Most importantly the condition of the watch is near New Old Stock, with an immaculate dial and an unpolished case with the original sticker still on the case back.