1970 - Heuer Carrera (MK1) - Ref. 73653 N
A Fine and Iconic chronograph.
WHY IS THIS WATCH SPECIAL
This Carrera reference 73653 N is a fantastic example with a mesmerizing reverse-panda dial ranging from dark metallic black to charcoal gray depending on the light and angle. The overal condition is absolutely incredible, not to mention the immaculate original dial with all its lume plots present. This reference (N), is the very sought after 'first execution'.
Heuer continued to use manual wind movements well into the 1970's adapting case design to suit the new decade. The 73653 is just such an example with a manual wind Valjoux 7736 movement housed in the more modern 1970's Carrera case. The case is similar to that used in the first automatic Carrera and features a brushed finish with 20 mm lugs and a domed plexi.
The Carrera was released the same year as the Rolex Daytona, and they are both named after famous races, the Carrera for the extremely dangerous Carrera Panamericana race through Mexico, but the Carrera has many features that set it apart from its contemporaries.
Heuer’s Carrera was designed with legibility in mind. The goal was to create a chronograph that was sleek and uncluttered. Heuer had patented a new steel tension ring to hold the crystal in place. In order to keep the dial as clean as possible, this ring was painted to feature the 1/5 second demarcations. This along with the basic baton markers helped to create the simple, minimal look Heuer had in mind.
The Heuer 73653 N is the successor to the earlier "4 digit" Carrera references of the 1960s and features the updated Valjoux 7736 chronograph movement. The 73653 N has an undoubtedly 1970s charm while remaining true to its Carrera heritage. This specific model features a lovely charcoal metallic dial with white sub-dials and outer tachymeter scale, the hands are easily legible and the red sweep-seconds chronograph hand makes for a stylish contrasting aesthetic. The Heuer Carrera has a rich racing history but the 73653 N is loved by automotive and watch enthusiast alike, perfect for anyone who enjoys a beautiful chronograph wristwatch.
- Maker: Heuer
- Model: Carrera MK1 'Reverse-Panda Dial'
- Reference: 73653 N
- Case N°: 1664XX
- Year: 1970
- Material: Stainless steel
- Dimentions (WxHxT): 39x44x13mm
- Caliber: Heuer, base Valjoux 7736
- Bracelet/Strap: Black leather with Original stainless steel Heuer pinbuckle
- Lug width: 20mm
- Box/Papers: N/A
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
The overal condition is ubelievable, the dial is perfect, the original lume on the hands and dial is complete. The angles are sharp and the satinated finish on the case is present. The dial, case, movement, crown and pinbuckle are all signed, "Heuer".
It has a virile and sporty presence on the wrist with its 39mm case and can be worn daily.