The Heuer Carrera would have to be one of the most iconic timepieces ever created. Designed by Jack Heuer in the early ’60s, the Carrera line still exists to this day with early models becoming some of the most desired vintage watches in the market.
With the Carrera, legibility underpinned all of its design cues, with Jack Heuer taking an obsessive stance on stripping away all that was unnecessary and presenting only the most important information on the watch dial. The result was a clean three register chronograph with baton markers and an outer tension ring that featured the minute markers.
Over the years, the Carrera saw many dial variants, from different color combinations to different scales featured on the dial. That being said, one of the purest iterations of the Carrera would have to be the example you see today, the Ref. 2447N, with the ’N’ standing for ‘noir’, denoting a black dial. The early dials were made by Singer, the same dial makers for Rolex so you can imagine how the quality of it stacks up.
Not only that, this example is perhaps one of the rarest Carreras out there. If you look closer, you will see that the traditional white text used for Carreras was not used. Instead, this unusual Carrera uses a silver script, which only came from a very small batch of dials.
Powered by the venerable Valjoux 72, it is one of the most popular and iconic movements of the 20th century, cased in watches such as the Rolex Daytona, it is a quality workhorse movement.
Of all the watches ever created, in my opinion, the Carrera is one of the most beautiful and timeless. The case of the Carrera, with those long angular inward lugs, has an amazing proportionality and while it does look good in photos, on the wrist it is so much better.
Even by today's standards, the 2447N still looks like a modern watch. It shows that in design if you only design what is necessary, without superfluousness, you will end up with a product that will remain relevant for generations.