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.


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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November 2018 Auction Preview — Six Auctions; 52 Heuers

As we turn the calendar from October 31 to November 1, we approach a busy season of watch auctions.  During November 2018, we will see a total of 52 vintage Heuer timepieces (or lots) offered for sale, in six separate auctions, four in Geneva and one each in Stockholm and Hong Kong.  The following is a quick overview of these sale. 

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Dreweatts Auction — September 12, 2018 (Donnington)

Dreweatts will sell 40 vintage Heuer chronographs at its “Watches and Luxury Accessories” sale, on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, in Donnington.

Our OnTheDash page for the auction has high resolution photos of each of the watches, along with the estimate each watch — Dreweatts Auction — September 12, 2018 (Donnington)

After the sale,

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What’s New? Everything.

In recent days, some folks have been asking me about “What’s New?” on the new OnTheDash website. In as few words as possible, here’s an overview of the content of the new OnTheDash:

  • Watch Finder – the gateway to the all-new OnTheDash database; find chronographs by browsing, selecting features or searching the entire database.
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An Interesting Document — Patent Application re Abercrombie & Fitch Solunar

Jack Heuer has described his work in developing the “Solunar” watch for Abercrombie & Fitch as one of his very first contributions to the company that he would come to lead, some years later.  He explains that Walter Haynes, the President of Abercrombie & Fitch, used to visit Ed. Heuer & Co. each year, to discuss the watches that the company would order.

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Meet Isamu Sawa — One Hell of a Photographer Who Likes the Old Heuers

Browsing through Instagram a few days ago, the photo shown above caught my eye.  No, it wasn’t a photo of a Heuer chronograph, but it was something even more interesting — a photo of a photo set-up, being used to take photos of a Heuer Autavia.  The image was posted by eizo_apac, a distributor of computer monitors,

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A Noteworthy Watch — Heuer Temporada “Racing” (Ref. 733.809 S)

Of all the chronographs that Heuer has made over the last 158 years, the Temporada must be one of the strangest.  And of the six versions of the Temporada, the Reference 733.809 S (“Racing” version) is the strangest.  But before we get to the “weirdest of the weird”, we’ll start with the more mainstream Temporadas. 

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Registry of Black PVD Monacos

There has been considerable controversy and debate about the question of (a) whether Heuer actually produced Black PVD Monacos or (b) whether Heuer might have commenced the project of producing these watches, but abandoned the project after encountering difficulties, leaving some of these watches produced by Heuer (as pre-production prototypes) and others to be assembled from the parts that Heuer had ordered for the project.

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Welcome to OnTheDash 2018

OnTheDash has been online since February 2003. We refreshed the graphics in 2009, but the site has been running on the same software for the past 15 years.

Today, we are introducing an entirely new OnTheDash. The visual design is new, but more importantly, the software that runs the site is entirely new.

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