46 Rare And Important Examples Showcase The Essence of Heuer

Fine Watches and Wristwatches
20 Jun 2018
London, New Bond Street

On 20 June, Bonhams Fine Watches and Wristwatches Sale will offer an astonishing range of 46 Heuers from a single-owner private collection.

The collection embodies the diverse range and influence of the brand, and beautifully illustrates how its timepieces have followed changing fashions over the years. The collection ranges from eminently collectable and well-known models such as the Skipperera (£20,000-30,000) and the 18k gold Carrera (£18,000-22,000) to more entry-level pieces in outstanding condition such as the stainless steel Calculator (£800-1,200).

This rare and extensive collection provides an opportunity for established buyers to add a Heuer of interesting provenance to their collection, but equally is a chance for first-time buyers to invest in a cornerstone piece from one of the most widely-recognised names in watches. Bonhams has a history of offering important Heuers, and in 2010 it sold the collection of Arno Haslinger which contained archetype examples of some of the most sought-after watches in the world. Mr Haslinger remains a consultant for Bonhams.

There are several nods to Heuer's racing history in the collection. The 18k gold Carrera automatic chronograph Ref:1158 (£18,000-20,000) was the favourite of Jack Heuer, and the model which he had personally presented to each Ferrari Formula 1 driver such as Niki Lauda and Ronnie Peterson. The Camaro was Heuer's third model line after the Autavia and the Carrera and evokes the 70s' passion for Muscle Cars such as the Chevrolet Camaro, the model elected as the Indianapolis 500 pace car. Two feature in the sale, one in 18k gold, one in stainless steel. Both are estimated at £4,000-6,000.

The Mareograph was launched in 1950 by Heuer and were largely retailed by Abercrombie and Fitch under the name Seafarer. Examples such as the rare stainless steel manual wind chronograph Mareograph Ref: 2447 (£15,000-20,000) that were sold directly by Heuer are highly sought-after.

Other highlights include:
- Stainless steel and DLC coated manual wind chronograph 'Dark Lord' Ref:74033 (£25,000-35,000) which took its name from the similarity of its dark, angular lines to Darth Vader's helmet
- Stainless steel automatic military chronograph Carrera issued for the Angolan army (£4,000-6,000) of which only 10 are believed to exist
- Stainless steel manual wind chronograph Autavia Ref: 3646 (£8,000-12,000)

Jonathan Darracott, Global Head of Watches, commented: 'This collection is a fascinating cross-section of an established brand, documenting changing tastes, styles and complications across the history of Heuer. The mixture of ultra-rare pieces with more affordable watches in excellent condition will appeal to a large range of buyers who we hope will find something new to wear and love.'


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com.

  1. Jonathan Darracott
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