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Jeff, great to have you here...
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Just got out from underneath some work stuff; sorry if my first ever posts here below appear hurried (they were).

No worries... We're just getting started over here and just about any post is a great post.

Finally, the first vintage Heuer forum site on the net! This was sorely needed and a long time coming. Congratulations and thanks to Jeff, Derek and Chuck for this. Great look and feel to the pages here too.

Well, I'm not sure how "Vintage" we really are... I know that TZ considers 1980 stretching the Vintage definition. Personally I consider any watch that is no longer in production in the same form and hasn't been so for 5 or 10 years to be vintage. Classic, well that's another definition.

A bit about myself. Canadian, Toronto born and reside. Software company marketing manager. Owner of the 2 Heuers pictured below. Love 70s/80s chronographs. Currently humming and hawing over what my next will be; either one of those NOS Breitlings from oldworldjewellers or a NOS Autavia from wherever.

Even though I have gone into my background a little bit I'll add, that even though I grew up (and all of my education occured) in the Chicago Suburbs, I was born South of the Mississipi, across the river from New Orleans and I've lived all across the eastern half of the U.S. My collection of Heuers is still growing (won another auction for a 750.501-3 today) and probably is nearing two dozen examples by now (I'm afraid to count them!).

A rumination: To my mind, there isn't anything that looks as cool as a 70s era chrono on the wrist; they just have that special 'something' that no other watches have. We owners of these watches aren't status seekers, movement mavens, or brand fetishists. I characterize myself as someone who is interested in DESIGN; and a 70s chrono represents wearable design - 'architecture on the wrist' if you will.

I've said this in the past about Omega's, but it really cuts across many brands. The late 1960's through the 1970's and into the early 1980's was one of the most exciting and interesting times in the watch industry. Many concepts that no one ever seriously considered previously, and sadly haven't been continued to the current day, made their debut and had their moment in the sun. Designers felt free to start from a clean sheet and let their imagination run. Architecture from this era also evolved in a similar manner...

It's interesting... You can spot items made in the early/mid 1960's because of the way they look, the 1950's and 1940's as well... But for some reason it is sometimes difficult to peg items from the 60/70/80's era because they had a certain timelessness to their design that allowed them to remain "modern looking" long after they were no longer new or recent.

I'll stop before I bore everyone. What's that?, too late already you say.

Not at all, interesting discussion.




-- Chuck

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