Heuer Carrera Chronographs:   
A Brief Overview: Then, Now and the Future:
A collaboration between
Matthias Liebe-Kleymann & Chuck Maddox USA!
Based on a thread from 19 June 2002,
Last Revised: 18 May 2003, 11:12 GMT.
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Top, In The Beginning,
The 1960s, The 1970s,
The 1980s, The 1990s,
Now and the future...
Addendum, Author's Notes,
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Top Up Down Bottom The 1970s:


After 1969, while Heuer continued to produce and market manual wind and even quartz models, the main thrust of their efforts were with the newly introduced automatic movement Cal. 11/12 and later the Cal 15 was used.

Here is here how Heuer introduced the new Carrera in advertisement:


Well, truth is that Heuer didn't really “move” the crown. The Calibre 11 family was the first modular chronograph construction: a chronograph module made by Dubois-Depraz was attached to a Büren micro-rotor movement. To fit, the chronograph plate had to be rotated by 180 degrees. So the strange placement of crown and pushers was a technical necessity and not a tribute to the self-winding feature. So it was a change made out of necessity, not choice.

Jeff Stein, an avid Heuer collector, and as of February 13 2003 the owner of OnTheDash.com website discovered the "beta" version of this article and was kind enough to send the following scans for inclusion for this article:

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Special thanks to Jeff Stein for his contribution to this article. I feel it adds greatly!


A search of information available on the race for the first automatic chronograph reveals several very useful articles available on the Internet. So we will not repeat those efforts in this article. Three very good articles are:
1969, World First Automatic Chronograph by Boon (no email address provided), The Race for the First Auto-Chrono Movement by Ignacio, and Christoph Ozdoba's A Brief History of the Automatic Chronograph.

A recent Heuer Valjoux 7750 acquisition by Chuck yielded a Heuer Automatic Chronograph Instruction Manual which covers both Heuer Valjoux 7750 Movement Chronographs and Micro-Rotor Movements. A portal to a web page with scans of this document follows:

Heuer Automatic Chronograph Instruction Manual:
The English language text begins on page 3 with a diagram for use with the Micro-Rotor movement on page 12.

Here are a couple of micro-rotor Carreras gleaned from the net:


Calibre 12

Two shots of a Calibre 12 Carrera

Another Calibre 12

Second Shot
One of the interesting things about Heuer is that since they were seemingly always experimenting with the looks of their watches either they innovated many things or were so quickly adaptable to perceived trends, oftentimes it becomes muddled as to who truly was first out there with an innovation. In addition to the aforementioned uncertainty with the honor of having announced the first automatic chronograph wristwatch movement, we also have a very early example of PVD coated Stainless Steel...

At this point it remains unclear who was the first producer of a "Black Watch"... Heuer or Porsche Design/Orfina…


Matthias' Calibre 15 Carrera


Perhaps the ugliest "Carrera" in captivity!

    Definitely Coyote-Ugly!, and most certainly a Frankenwatch...


A Cal 12 movement (Although it's in Matthias' Heuer Montreal)


The four different types of Micro-Rotor Movements…



first member of the family with a 19,800 hourly beat rate, only in production for one year - (two register: 30 min-counter, 12 hour counter, date, no sweep second)


better winding system, 21,600 beat rate (same layout as the c.11)


c.12 with with additional GMT hand


with sweep second in place of 12 hour counter.


There is no Cal 13, perhaps because in many parts of the world the number 13 is regarded an "unlucky number"...

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