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FS: Very Rare Heuer Marine Chronograph

The ultimate tool watch! Very desireable and seldom offered for sale is this Heuer Solunagraph made for the Orvis outdoor outfitters and sporting goods company. Heuer originated this basic design in 1950 and has made a few different models over the years with the same idea. Some were made under their own name and some were made for Abercrombie and Fitch, another outdoor outfitter before they changed their marketing strategy to teen clothing. (A lot more teens than sportsmen!) They were variously known as "Mareograph", in Europe and "Seafarer" in the USA. The basic functions, however, are the same, a three register chronograph with an additional dial to indicate phases of the moon, sun and tides. This additional dial replaces the constant seconds dial and is set by use of the added pusher at 9 o'clock. The minutes register is divided by blue bands into five minute periods for timing the start of sailing regattas. This particular model is in an "Autavia" style case.

The watch is signed on the case and movement "Heuer-Leonidas" and the original buckle is signed "Heuer"

This complicated timepiece has been completely taken down, overhauled, lubricated and adjusted so that it is nearly as good as new, both functionally and cosmetically. The movement is a modified Valjoux 72 which has been redesignated "721". A copy of the original instruction booklet is also included. The snap back, stainless steel case measures 40mm, exclusive of the crown. The snap back was fitted with a new gasket at the time of overhaul and is as tight as a bank vault.

The price is now reduced to $1800.00. Payment by US postal money order will assure immediate shipping. Other paper forms will require time to clear. Paypal add 3.0%. Shipping and insurance will be at actual cost to Conus only. E-mail if additional info is needed.

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