A Noteworthy Watch — Breitling’s “Scott Carpenter” Cosmonaute

In our “Noteworthy Watch” postings, we cover some watches that may be particularly interesting to collectors.  In today’s posting, we cover a watch that I have just added to my collection, the Breitling Cosmonaute, Reference 809, as worn by Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter.  Carpenter flew the Mercury-Atlas 7 flight, on May 24, 1962, becoming the second American to orbit the earth. 

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Birthdays, Anniversaries and Other Celebrations — Thoughts on TAG Heuer’s 50th Anniversary Monacos

The weekend of June 14 to June 17, 2019 was a big one for celebrations.  On Friday, June 14, TAG Heuer introduced the second in its series of five Monaco 50th Anniversary Limited Edition chronographs; on Saturday, June 15, our daughter celebrated her 21st birthday; Sunday, June 16 was Father’s Day, a four-generation celebration in our family;

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Anatomy of the (Three-Handed) Autavia – Introducing the Isograph

March 20, 2019 is a historic day for TAG Heuer. In 1933, Heuer introduced its Autavia dashboard timer, a 12-hour stopwatch designed for AUTomobiles and AVIAtion. In 1962, the Autavia name moved to the new chronographs that the company introduced, again with the features designed for racers, rally navigators and pilots. Today, TAG Heuer has introduced its first “three-hand” Autavia,

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Baselworld Preview — Are We Ready for the Three-Handed Autavia?

Last year, at Baselworld (March 2018), TAG Heuer allowed a “leak” of two Autavia prototypes.  These prototypes were different from all the Autavias that Heuer and TAG Heuer have offered, over the period since 1962, in that the two prototypes were not chronographs, but were plain, old-fashioned watches (i.e., no built-in stopwatch, but only hands to tell the time of day). 

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Announcing the #Chronomatic50 Celebration – 03.03.2019

On March 3, 1969, at press conferences held simultaneously at the Intercontinental hotel in Geneva and the Pan Am Building in New York City, Breitling and Heuer announced their development of the world’s first automatic chronograph.  Breitling and Heuer had teamed with Hamilton-Buren and Dubois Depraz, with these two partners being responsible for the technical development of the new Chronomatic (Caliber 11) movement. 

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