Watch Reviews

The First Chronograph With A Date: "A Wristwatch, A Stopwatch and A Calendar All In One!"

by on Oct.23, 2010, under Review

some cool history on the chronograph with date. interesting stuff, check it out.

A chronograph with a date – seems simple enough, doesn’t it?  One would think, but it wasn’t until the mid 1960s that one appeared on the market.  Hell, the Rolex Daytona STILL doesn’t have a date window today.

The original Heuer Carrera reference 3147 was an ambitious project for the company, but riding high on the success of the original Carrera, they deemed it the next logical step.  When the watch was released in 1966, Heuer advertised it as “A wristwatch, a stopwatch, and a calendar all in one!”

The example we have here is indeed a 1966 Carrera with date function, a very early one at that.  What makes it more interesting is that it features the logo of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the unique white starburst dial.  This promotional watch is extremely rare, and even comes with the unsigned crown (all early Carreras with date functions should have unsigned crowns – there, you learned something today). 

This particular wristwatch / stopwatch / calendar is coming up for sale in the December 15th auction of Arno Haslinger’s vintage Heuer collection.  For more details on this lot, click here.


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