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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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#Chronomatic50 — Updates / Thanks!!

Sunday, March 10, 2019 — 22:10 EDT (Monday, March 11, 2019 — 02:10 GMT)

It’s Sunday night here in Atlanta, toward the end of our last day of the #Chronomatic50 celebration, and I wanted to post a brief message to thank everyone who has participated in this fantastic event.

It all started in mid-January,

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The Chronomatic Reader — An Overview of the Watches and a Bibliography

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Chronomatic movement, by Heuer, Breitling and Hamilton, we offer this brief version of the Chronomatic story, along with a reading list, for those who want to learn more.

The Chronomatic Story

1969 saw the introduction of the world’s first automatic chronographs. Three groups competed to offer the first automatic chronographs – (1) a joint venture between Heuer and Breitling,

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Get Ready!! #Chronomatic50 Celebration – 03.03.2019

Our #Chronomatic50 Celebration is only four days away, and the response so far has been amazing – 94 postings on Instagram under the #Chronomatic50 hashtag, and we haven’t even kicked off the real event.  This will be one fantastic celebration!!

No doubt, most of the Chronomatic enthusiasts know what to do, but just to jog some thoughts,

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First Advertisements for the Chronomatic (Caliber 11) Movement, April 1969

The four members of the joint venture that developed the Chronomatic (Caliber 11) movement — Heuer, Breitling, Hamilton-Buren, and Dubois Depraz — introduced their new automatic chronographs to the world on March 3, 1969, at simultaneous press conferences held at locations around the world.   (See our separate posting that shows the press release issued by Heuer.)

The new watches were announced on March 3,

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United States Patent for the Chronomatic (Caliber 11) Self-Winding Chronograph

Heuer, Breitling and Hamilton introduced their automatic “Chronomatic” chronographs at press conferences held on March 3, 1969, and these three companies also featured these new chronograph at the Basel Watch Fair held in early April 1969.  Sales of the watches began soon thereafter, through retailers in major markets around the world.

In our posting,

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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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Best of the OTD Archives — Project 99: The Race to Develop the World’s First Automatic Chronograph

In our posting from June 2008, we chronicled the race to develop the world’s first automatic chronograph.  In the late 1960s, a joint venture formed by Heuer and Breitling battled against Zenith and Seiko, and 50 years later, people still argue about “Who won the race?”  Zenith was the first company to announce their automatic chronograph,

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Best of the OTD Archives — Development of the Chronomatic (Caliber 11) Movements

Today, some friends were chatting about the history and development of the Caliber 15 movement, specifically focusing on the technical differences between the Caliber 12 movement and the Caliber 15 movement.

Several years ago, I researched and wrote a detailed posting covering the development of the Caliber 11 / 11-I / 12 / 15 movements,

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Introducing the Carrera Heuer 02 by Fragment Design / Hiroshi Fujiwara (LE)

In a companion posting for Hodinkee, we have discussed the Carrera Heuer 02 by Fragment Design / Hiroshi Fujiwara, in the context of other re-editions of the Heuer Carrera.  In this posting, I will cover the basics of the Fragment Carrera and also provide some impressions of my first few days wearing the watch.

The Elevator Version

In the Carrera by Fragment Design,

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Flash Review: Carrera Calibre 1887 (December 2010)

The following was originally posted on December 26, 2010.

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I received my TAG Heuer Carrera Cal 1887 on Friday, December 24, 2010, and have had it on my wrist almost non-stop since then. Soon, I will write an in-depth review of this watch, covering more of its features in full detail,

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Shame on Christie’s — Using Photoshop to Hide Damage to a Rare Heuer Skipper

On Monday, November 12, 2018, Christie’s will hold its sale of Rare Watches in Geneva.  Included in this sale, as Lot 118, is a Heuer Skipper chronograph, Reference 7754. The watch is serial number 105645, and Christie’s provides an estimate of CHF 25,000 to CHF 45,000.

The Reference 7754 is the first version of the Skipper model,

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