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Heuer Carrera 3147S ‘Fab. Suisse’

Our price: £5950
Model Code: 3147S

The Carrera 3147 models were released in 1966, a decade of significant growth for the Heuer brand. This first execution model, featuring a luscious silver dial and black sub-dials, is a special and highly sought after collectors item. This Carrera’s most prominent feature is its date window with red numerals positioned just beneath the shortened twin facets at 12 o’clock. Notably, the ‘Carrera’ and ‘Heuer’ logos are lowered slightly to the centre, offering a look which stands out from such typically famous Carrera designs as the 2447S. The decision was soon made to reposition the date to the 9 o’clock position to aid in legibility, altering the colour of the lettering to black and its shape to more squared. Furthermore this early version does not feature the signed Heuer crown found on later models, only adding to its status as a rare, historical piece. Only a small handful of these historic Carrera pieces remain in circulation, thus presenting a rare opportunity to buy the highly revered 3147N. Notably, this model features the elusive 'Fab. Suisse' print above the six o'clock position. 'Fab. Suisse', an abbreviated French term for 'manufacutered in Switzerland, was a requirement in France for the purpose of consumer protection dating back to 1892. In the '40s through to the '60s, France was a relatively small market for chronographs, particular those made by Heuer. Therefore, there remains a very small number of Heuer models with the sought after 'Fab. Suisse' print. This particular version remains in great condition and comes fastened to a brown racing strap with a Heuer-signed steel buckle: the epitome of classic Heuer heritage. A wonderful, unique opportunity to invest in a wildly experimental period of the brand's history.

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