Watch Reviews

Jason’s Choice: The Heuer Calculator – A Thinking Man’s Tool Watch

by on Nov.08, 2010, under Review

Editor’s Note: Over the coming weeks, each of our writers will identify the watch they think is most interesting from the upcoming Haslinger collection sale.  Today, in our fist installement, read why contributor Jason Heaton has a thing for this big ole calculator chronograph from Heuer.

If you regularly read Hodinkee, you’ll know that all of us here are suckers for timepieces from the golden age of tool watches. In the 1960s and ‘70s, before computers became ubiquitous, people still had to rely on their wits and what they wore on their wrists to make decisions.

Heuer, of course, was one of those companies making timepieces specific to adventurous endeavors like flying, diving, sailing and auto racing. So when I was asked to pick a favorite piece from the upcoming Bonham’s auction of Arno Haslinger’s collection, with over 80 legendary tool watches from which to choose, it seemed like an easy task. But I kept coming back to a model with a decidedly unadventurous sounding name: Lot 47, a 1972 Calculator.

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