1940s Heuer "Up & Down" Chronograph



  • Brand and Country of Manufacture - Heuer, Switzerland
  • Year - 1940's
  • Serial - 400855
  • Model - Unknown
  • Movement & caliber -  Venus 170
  • Case diameter - 33mm

A stainless steel manual wind Heuer "Up & Down" chronograph from WW2. These models represent early Heuer chronograph watches, and were very much the essence of the tool watch. These were widely produced during the early 1940's and issued to servicemen for use in the battle fields across Europe. Classic military DNA of: broad Arabic numerals, glossy black dial, wide lume filled hands.

The layout of the chronograph sub dials is where this name for these watches comes from. Unlike most chronographs, where the dials are closer to the 9 and 3 o'clock positions, in these models they are at the 12 and 6. The minute dial is at the top with the constant seconds at the 6. The case appears to have been lightly polished. The original silvered black glossy dial has had the radium luminous material stripped from the numbers, exposing the silver that it would have sat on. This is not uncommon from watches this early. The material would fall off over time, and so rather than having piecemeal remaining lume, watch makers would completely remove any existing material. The watch is powered by a Venus caliber 120. Venus were a large manufacturer of chronograph movements at this time and powered other brands, such as Breitling. The early 'squashed' Heuer logo sits below the top sub dial, and is correct for this watch.

The watch is not perfect, but is presented in excellent honest condition. These early watches are quite rare, and represent a great opportunity to own a very early and important part of Heuer's rich history.

This item is final sale.

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