Today's offering showcases this quite uncommon and fine Heuer "Golden Hours" chronograph with moon phase and date.
Released in 1985 as part of a collection to commemorate Heuer's 125th anniversary, shortly after their merger with TAG, it harkens back to the company's roots of making very fine mechanical watches.
Powering it is a superior Lemania 1883 movement, likely a practical choice at the time, but also an apt choice given its quality and Lemanias close ties to Heuer.
Midsized and elegant, it packs a lot in a small package. Its dial is nicely balanced and quite complicated, and the gold subdial surrounds add even more elegance.
I think these watches are significantly undervalued given their rarity, complexity, movement quality, beauty, and increasing collectableness of Heuers, and will be a good long term buy. This is an awfully complicated, high quality, rare watch for the money.
It is in beautiful condition with all original parts - it presents as about a 9 out of 10.
A Master Watchmaker has performed any needed servicing on the movement. All functions work well, and amazingly it is keeping time on par with a brand new Heuer chronometer in our testing position. Photos of the inside available upon request.
For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a new calfskin leather strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Like always, included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Maker: Heuer (Tag Heuer)
Year made: c. 1985
Model: Ref. 188.505
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Continuous Seconds, Moonphase, Full Chronograph
Designed for: Men
Case material: Gold plated and stainless steel
Case condition: Near mint. The plating may have been previously redone.
Dimensions: 32mm diameter (without the crown) by 37.5mm long
Dial: White with black painted vintage styled Roman numeral indexes, gold rimmed subdials for the moonphase/date, continuous seconds, 30 minute and 12-hour registers, original, just short of perfect mint condition under magnification - appears mint to the naked eye
Hands: Original, blackened 18K gold "epees"
Movement type: Lemania 1883 finished by Heuer, rhodium plated, handwound, 17 jewels, monometallic balance, flat self-compensating balance spring, shock resistant, screw fine regulator
Band: Calfskin leather, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn
Crystal type: Acrylic, original, excellent condition
Serviced: A Master Watchmaker has performed any needed servicing on the movement. All functions work well. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Amazingly it is keeping time on par with a brand new Heuer chronometer in our testing position.
Warranty: 1-year C.O.T. international warranty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
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unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
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Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.