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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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$2,208,000 and Worth Every Penny of It! Today’s Record Price for a Heuer Chronograph

On Saturday, December 12, 2020, this Heuer Monaco chronograph, worn by Steve McQueen in the filming of Le Mans, was sold for $2,208,000, a record for any Heuer or TAG Heuer chronograph.  In this posting, we will consider some of the factors that contributed to this extraordinary result.

Background

Phillips held its “Racing Pulse” auction on Saturday,

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Happy Birthday, Jack Heuer – 88 is Looking Great!

In the last couple of months, I have celebrated my 65th birthday and the 40th anniversary of the start of my legal career. I wasn’t necessarily looking to mark these two occasions with the traditional gold watches, but as fate would have it, two 18 karat gold Heuer chronographs arrived recently, to coincide, more or less,

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Auction Watch – Monaco Legend Group Selling 24 Heuer Chronographs, October 31, 2020

Vintage Heuer collectors are often frustrated with the major auction houses.  We are accustomed to seeing Christie’s and Sotheby’s sprinkle a handful of vintage Heuer chronographs among the 250 watches that they will offer in an auction, and in many instances these Heuers appear to be “filler”.  Often, they are common models that are readily available on eBay or dealer sites,

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TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph (2020) — Photo Album

On September 16, 2020, TAG Heuer introduced a new model, simply called the “Carrera Chronograph”.  It’s a 42 millimeter watch, powered by the Heuer 02 movement, with four choices of dials — black, blue, anthracite and silver (white).  I have been wearing the black model for the last 10 days, and this Photo Album will include some photos of this watch,

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The Fragment Formula 1 — Yes, It’s My Favorite TAG Heuer Chronograph . . . Ever

Earlier in August, my friends at International Watch Magazine asked me some questions about my infatuation with the new TAG Heuer Fragment Design Heuer 02 Chronograph (commonly called the “Fragment Formula 1”), and they published the interview on August 10, 2020. With their permission, we are republishing the interview here.

International Watch —

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Watching Obama’s Watch

In August 2008, when Barack Obama was a candidate for the Presidency, a friend at TAG Heuer called me and said that people in the company had heard that Obama was wearing one of their watches.  Because it was an older model that was no longer in production, she enlisted my help in identifying the watch. 

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