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Vintage Heuer Discussion Forum
The place for discussing 1930-1985 Heuer wristwatches, chronographs and dash-mounted timepieces. Online since May 2003.
you are absolutely 'on', I would say.
Although not as beautiful as the sixties Carrera, the manual wind C-shape cased Carreras offer a lot of value for the money, imho. Just look at the dial, be it the silver panda like yours or the inverse panda with the shining dark blue dial. And even on my small wrist it wears and looks pretty well, while the automatics are too thick (and heavy) for me.
Although I personally prefer leather straps, the GF of your watch must be a very welcome 'topping on the cake'! Well done, I thinks it's a worthy addition to your already fantastic collection.
: Last week, an original owner Carrera 73653 popped up on fleabay
: (I'm sure many of you saw it) and it captivated me. The dial was
: nearly identical to my Exotic Camaro (from the same time period)
: and it included the Gay Freres bracelet with all links present
: and TIGHT. The listing stated that he was willing to sell
: directly (rare for eBay), so we engaged in dialogue and agreed
: on a price. I bought it with the intention of "giving it a
: try," in that if I didn't like it, I would send it to a
: dealer friend who would list it at the same net price for me.
: Well, let's just say that it has blown me away. When I was
: perusing the Vintage Heuer Price Guide before offering him a
: number, the "desirability" was marked as an
: "E." Really? I rarely see these (on IG, on the forums,
: etc.), and the case size wears really well on just about any
: wrist thanks to the short lugs. Also, the bracelet is everything
: you'd expect from a Gay Freres BoR and can typically be included
: as part of the reasonable price. The ONLY con is the basic
: Valjoux cam-driven movement, but given the strength of the
: overall package, I'm willing to overlook it.
: So...am I off here? Or are these still value plays from the golden
: era of Heuer?