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Thanks for your inquiry and welcome to the Discussion Forum. I am not en expert on the Easy Rider, but here is some information.
The Easy Rider was in fact made by Heuer. It was also made by Heuer for Sears, the retailing chain here in the United States.
The Easy Rider has a reputation as a mechanical nightmare, and it uses a movement that is of a lower quality than the rest of the Heuer chronographs.
I spoke with one watchmaker who worked for Heuer, in Europe, during the time when the Easy Rider was being made. He referred to it as the watch that almost destroyed the company after Heuer had existed for 110 years. My watchmaker here in the United States almost refuses to work on them. He says that the movement is of such poor quality that they can never really be fixed or operate reliably. Back in the 1970's or 1980's, Heuer threw away a lot of its spare parts inventory -- along with the watches, I suppose -- so it is difficult to find parts.
This is all unfortunate, in my view, because they are neat looking chronographs. Certainly they evoke the look and feel of the 1970's.
Bottom Line: If you find one that you like, and want to buy it, be sure that it is mechanically sound.
Good luck and let us know what you do.
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