1944 Heuer 'Pre-Carrera' Tropical Caramel Dial - Valjoux 72 - Ref. 2443
A Fine and Rare chronograph with a striking unique tropical dial.
WHY IS THIS WATCH SPECIAL
This is a stunning and clean example of a 1944 Heuer Reference 2443 chronograph, often referred to as a “Pre-Carrera”. They formed the basis for the iconic Carrera line. This particular example is powered by the legendary Valjoux 72 movement, which was also used in the Rolex Daytona and other high-end chronographs, and features an exceedingly rare white dial that turned to light brown with the time.
The chronograph is in excellent condition. The case has never been polished, with sharp edges and defined beveled lugs.
This is one amazingly attractive timepiece.
The Heuer watches that begin appearing in the 1940s include some that are very much sought after classics today. Elements of models like the 2443 and 2447 can be seen in later watches like the Carrera, which even shares a model reference with the earlier watch. Occasionally, these watches are referred to as “pre-Carreras”, some similarities are clear.
The 2443 is an attractive watch, with its silver white dial that turned 'Tropical' with the time and this example, dating from just before the end of the war, still has the non-waterproof bar pushers and shallow Heuer shield.
Aware of the power of brand, Heuer also saw the benefit of linking eminent personalities with their watches, foreshadowing the later “ambassadors” programme. One such noted individual at the end of the war was General Eisenhower, of course later to become US president, who purchased and wore one 2443 in 1945.
Later 2443s would adopt the waterproof pushers and the fuller Heuer shield familiar to many collectors from the 1960s watches.
- Maker: Heuer
- Model: Pre-Carrera
- Reference: 2443
- Case N°: 614XX
- Year: 1944
- Material: Stainless steel
- Dimentions (WxT): 36 x mm
- Caliber: Ed. Heuer & Co (Base: Valjoux 72)
- Bracelet/Strap: Genuine leather
- Lug width: 18mm
- Box/Papers: N/A
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
This chronograph is in very well preserved condition, The even 'Tropical' patina of the dial matching perfectly the original gold 'Leaf' hands and indexes is absolutely stunning and makes this particular watch unique. All parts are untouched and unpolished, the sharp angles are preserved. It has a very elegant and sporty presence on the wrist an can be worn daily.