1946 Heuer 'Pre-Carrera' Big Eyes, Black Gilt Dial - Ref. 433
A Fine and very Rare chronograph with a striking black gilt dial.
WHY IS THIS WATCH SPECIAL
This is a stunning and clean example of a 1946 Heuer Reference 433 chronograph, often referred to as a “Pre-Carrera” range. They formed the basis for the iconic Carrera line. This 433 particular example is powered by a modified Valjoux 22 movement and is quite rare to find, especially in such a near to mint original condition.
The case has never been polished, with sharp edges and defined beveled lugs, all parts are original.
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 433 can be seen in later watches like the Carrera. Occasionally, these watches are referred to as “pre-Carreras”, some similarities are clear.
The 433 is a very attractive watch, with its black gilt dial featuring large counters, known as 'Big Eyes'. This example, dating from the end of the WWII, 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 WWII was General Eisenhower, of course later to become US president, who purchased and wore one black dialled 'Pre-Carrera'.
- Maker: Heuer
- Model: Pre-Carrera 'Big Eyes'
- Reference: 433
- Case N°: 641XX
- Year: 1946
- Material: Stainless steel
- Dimentions (WxT): 35x46x11mm
- Caliber: Ed. Heuer & Co (Base: Valjoux 22)
- Bracelet/Strap: Genuine leather
- Lug width: 20mm
- Box/Papers: N/A
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
This chronograph is in very well preserved condition, The black gilt dial matching perfectly the original gold 'Leaf' hands and indexes is absolutely stunning and makes this particular watch a real beauty. 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.