I recently came across a great looking Heuer chronograph, specifically a 1950s “Pre-Carrera” Heuer Chronograph. Unlike the original 1964 Carrera model, which is powered by a Valjoux 72, or the 1964 re-edition that came out in the late 1990s, which is powered by a Lemania, this watch (pictured) is powered by the manually wound Valjoux 71 movement.

Most watches from the 1950s look too small by today’s standards, however, at 38 mm x 14 mm, this watch does not have that problem. It was actually big for the time period, which makes it perfect for today.

I found a Pre Carrera “Heuer” Chronographs for sale here (this is the one pictured above). I also found a nearly identical “Ambercombie & Fitch” model for sale.

Price range is about $3,000-$5,000 depending on condition.

Posted by:Jason Pitsch

Jason Pitsch is the Founder of Professional Watches. He appreciates good craftsmanship in everything from architecture to automobiles to cameras to clothing. Yet his focus for the past decade has remained consistent on covering just one type: watchmaking.