A chronograph with a date - seems enough, doesn't it? One would think, but it wasn't until the mid 1960s that one appeared on the market.Hell, the A Lange & Sohne 116.021 Men's Watch Daytona STILL doesn't have a date window today.The original Heuer Carrera reference 3147 was an ambitious project for the company, but riding high on the success of the original Carrera, they deemed it the next logical step.When the watch was released in 1966, Heuer advertised it as "A wristwatch, a stopwatch, and a calendar all in one!"
Gauging how much the non Big replica Breitling Professional B-2 Men's watch Ball took in at auction last month, we would expect this watch be offered at over $30,000.But hey, you get what you pay for.We often speak of vintage watches not as utilitarian tools, or as fashion accessories, but as real investments, and this particular watch is the equivalent of a sure thing.Yes it costs a lot of money, but we can guarantee a dramatic increase in value over time on this piece.Click here for more details on this 1957 Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow with a Big Ball Second Hand.(Thanks for the Tip, Badris!) .
The example we have here is indeed a 1966 Carrera with date function, a very early one at that.What makes it more interesting is that it features the logo of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the unique white starburst dial.This promotional watch is extremely rare, and even comes with the unsigned crown (all early Carreras with date functions A Lange & Sohne 101.021 Men's Watch should have unsigned crowns - there, you learned something today).This particular wristwatch / stopwatch / calendar is coming up for sale in the December 15th auction of Arno Haslinger's vintage Heuer collection.