1970s Heuer Carrera 1153 N
Heuer Carrera 1153 N
early to mid 1970s
Heuer/Buren self-winding Caliber 11
38 mm in diameter
14 mm in thickness
20 mm Lug Width
About the watch:
The Heuer 1153 Carrera was first introduced in 1969 and was build around one of the first self-winding chronograph movements, the Heuer / Buren Caliber 11.
The watch also features a date function at the 6 o`clock position.
Intended especially for racing, the watch allows time measurements up to 12 hours and the measurement of average speeds up to 500 km per hour using the inner tachymeter scale.
Earlier versions of 1153 and Monaco's are known to have faded and patina dials referred to as “ghost dials“ and allow the watch to develop a unique character.
This particular example is a second execution 1153 N (Noir = dark dial), distinguished by the second generation hand set, the 60-500 tachy scale and a first generation dial. The watch was last worn by its original owner. An Engineer who bought the watch in the mid seventies. It is widely agreed on that Mick Jagger wore this second execution version of a 1153 N, since it is well documented in multiple photographs.
The watch appears to be in original condition. The case has never been polished and still retains sharp edges and corners. The original finish on the front, flanks and back is still visible. The Dial has a beautiful patina. The original color has largely faded and changed to a beautiful blue / purple. The watch has matching lume both on dial and hands. Case and crystal do have nicks and scratches. The fine imprints of both the referenz number and case number show no sign of polish. The movement is extremely clean and shows no signs of corrosion or discoloring. The chronograph, date function and automatic winding work flawlessly.
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