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Five for the Dive – A History of Heuer’s Deep Dive Watches

With TAG Heuer today introducing its new Aquaracer “Superdiver” model (Reference WBP5A8A), waterproof to 1000 meters, it is interesting to look back through some of the brand’s previous deep dive watches and chronographs.  Prior to introducing this new Aquaracer, Heuer had produced only two watches with 1000 meter depth ratings, with these two watches being introduced in 1982 and 1984. 

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Watch Spotting – John Glenn, the Mercury Era

Sixty years ago today, on February 20, 1962, John Glenn became the first American astronaut to orbit the earth, completing three orbits in 4 hours, 55 minutes during his Mercury-Atlas 6 flight.  Of course, timing is critical for astronauts (and also for more ordinary pilots), so the community of watch collectors has shown great interest in the watches worn by astronauts.

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Watches For Sale — 2022

My last “Year-End Clearance Sale” was in 2017, so it is time for me to sell a few watches that are not getting enough wrist time. I have checked each of the watches to confirm that it is setting, winding and running properly, and that the chronographs are operating properly (start / stop / reset),

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Introducing Three New TAG Heuer Autavias — Two Flyback Chronographs and a GMT Watch

TAG Heuer did something interesting over Christmas weekend. Without flooding social media with teases and slick videos, without enlisting the influencers and other usual suspects, and without even issuing a press release, TAG Heuer released three new models of the Autavia for sale in retail channels. And if you might be thinking that TAG Heuer releases these types of watches so often that fanfare is not warranted,

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Auction Watch – First Half 2021 Highlights

Vintage Heuer chronographs were well-represented in auctions staged by the major auction houses during the first six months of 2021.  In this posting, we’ll look at some highlights of these sales to take a measure of the market and to see what might lie ahead for the brand.  Looking at the ebbs and flows of the vintage Heuer market over the past five years,

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TAG Heuer’s Carbon Monaco for Only Watch — Meet the New “Dark Lord”

Held every other year since 2005, the “Only Watch” charity auction is a celebration of the watch industry.  Participating brands create one-off watches that are sold in the auction, with all proceeds going to an organization that conducts scientific and medical research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).  The previous eight auctions have raised over 70 million euro. 

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TAG Heuer Dive Watches – The Oldest, the Newest and 25 of the Years in Between

I have been collecting Heuer timepieces for almost 20 years, but must confess that there is one branch of the Heuer / TAG Heuer family tree that I have never fully appreciated and, consequently, has been underrepresented in my collection.  It’s all these dive watches that began appearing in the late 1970s — the 1000 Series,

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A Noteworthy Watch — Abercrombie & Fitch Seafarer, Ref 2446 (Screw-Back Case), to be Sold by Sotheby’s

In our May 2020 posting, Vintage Heuer – Chasing the Grails, we covered 16 watches that would be considered grails among vintage Heuer collectors.  Our working definition of a “grail” watch had three parts.  First, the model must be extremely rare.  For most of the 16 watches that we included, the diligent collector would do well to see one or two watches offered per year. 

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The Carrera Dato is Back — HODINKEE x TAG Heuer LE

August 2009, and I was feeling pretty good about my website, OnTheDash.com. We had been up and running for six years, traffic was strong and even though the word “influencer” was not yet part of the vocabulary, in the little corner of the internet occupied by vintage Heuer enthusiasts, OnTheDash definitely had some influence. I had spotted a new blog called “Hodinkee”,

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The Skipper Reader — An Overview of the Skipper, a Bibliography and Some Skipperreras

Heuer introduced the Skipper chronograph in 1968 and offered a total of nine models and executions until it was discontinued in 1983.  In 2017 and 2018, TAG Heuer offered two limited edition chronographs that were inspired by the Skipper, in collaborations with Hodinkee and Revolution / The Rake.  In this posting, we present this very brief history of the Heuer Skipper chronograph,

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Don Nunley (1939 to 2021) — The Master of McQueen’s Monacos

Wikipedia tells us that the “property master” of a film, television or theatrical production is responsible for purchasing, acquiring, properly placing, and / or overseeing any props needed for a production.  The property master is one of the first to arrive, using the pre-production period to determine which props will be needed and how they will be acquired,

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Heuer Dash-Mounted Timers — Overview of the Auto-Rallye

From Heuer’s introduction of its first dashboard timers in the mid-1930s until the early 1950s, Heuer offered only two models of dashboard timers – there was a simple time-of-day clock (called a “Hervue” or “Hervue Junior”) and there was a stopwatch with 12-hour capacity (called the “Autavia). The pair of these two timers, mounted on a single back-plate was also called the “Hervue” or the “Hervue Pair”.

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