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1930's Vintage Rare HEUER Ref 2403 Monopusher Chronograph Watch Fancy Lugs 351

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It was in 1860, when Edouard Heuer established his first workshop in St. Imier, Switzerland. It gave birth to the world's reference of the most reliable and prestigious sports watches. In 1869, Heuer invented and patented the first stem-winding system. In 1911, Heuer launched his first dashboard chronograph developed for automobiles called "Time of Trip". Five years later, Heuer patented Micrograph, the world's first wristwatch with chronometer function, capable of measuring 1/100th of a second. In 1920, for the first time, the company officially time-kept the Olympic Games competitions.

In 1933, Heuer introduced the Autavia, the dashboard timer used for automobiles and airplanes. Afterwards, the Monte Carlo and the Master-Time were launched. In the 1950-70s, Heuer timepieces were utterly popular in auto sport. They are one of the inventors of chronograph and racing watch.

The Autavia chronograph was launched in 1962. Two years later, after Juan Manuel Fangio's triumph during the "Carrera Panamericana Mexico" races, Jack Heuer launched Carrera chronograph watch paying tribute to this excellent race car driver from Argentina. Due to its exceptional success, the Carrera chrono converted into the company's icon.

Again, in 1966, the Heuer company confirmed its status of pioneer in time measuring by manufacturing the world's first chronograph, capable to measure the 1/1000th of a second.

In 1971, the Heuer Monaco watch became highly famous after Steve McQueen wore it in a movie "Le Mans". That line was called "Steve McQueen Monaco Edition".

The TAG Group Holdings SA bought the Heuer company and became TAG Heuer in 1985. 

 


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Monopusher movements are much harder to make. This is a very old Heuer style one pusher (monopusher chronograph. which is very similar to the one was identified as a Ref. 351 C/B and Ref. 2403. Heuer chronograph included in an offer to the Romanian Military Aviation Authority made by Mr. Josef Schneider, the Romania Heuer agent in the 1930s.

Mr. Schneider made an offer for several different Heuer and other makers chronograph to the Romanian Military. Among them was this ref.number, the 351 C/B and Ref. 2403. This is very similar to the old Heuer has an porcelain dial.  Per classicheuers.blogspot.com The movement is a early version of Valjoux 22 also refereed by some as Valjoux 13 or Valjoux GH or Landron Hahn Lever L13. Now clearly, we are not stating this is Heuer watch, but Monopushers are very rare watches and were not made in quantities and Minerva was also a famous maker of this movement.

 

Heuer has a rich history of tool-watch production. Whether it was stopwatches or chronographs, the Swiss brand knows a thing or two about timing events, particularly of the sporting variety. This 1930s monopusher (sometimes called a single-button chronograph) with black dial is an interesting and rare watch. It features a glossy black dial as well as engine-turned sub-dials that line up nicely with the central axis of the hands, giving it a very balanced aesthetic. The pusher at two o'clock starts and resets the chronograph, while time is set traditionally via the crown at three o'clock. This rationale behind this is that the operator can restart faster, one can check the elapsed time and quickly reset. 

This is a beauty. It is extremely rare to find early Heuer MonoPusher  2403 / 351 Chronograph Looks to be be 1930's watch. Per my understanding most chronograph watches made in that era were used one way or another by the military and in the war WW. Per what was told to me this can be a even a pre 351 model. This made for a avid collector given that only few were made with Fancy Lugs, and this is a well surviving  Heuer with Fancy Lugs. Please look at all the pictures, as they are part of the description. The watch is working and Serviced by the last owner. This is a highly collectible watch. Very few left with this rare movement. Sure, to increase in value overtime, and a great addition to your collection. The condition of the watch is the same as it appears in the photos.   The watch is working and is part of our new Certified Pre-Owned CPO Program.  Contact me if you have any questions first.


 

SPECIFICATION

Case

Nickel Chrome Case and Case Back. Come with Art Deco Fancy Lugs very rare. Fixed Lugs.

Case Size

 35,00 mm without the crown and  48,00 mm Lug to Lug over Fancy Lugs

Case Back

Nickel Chrome cover signed, with Snap on. number 361223

Crown

UnSigned

Crystal

Acrylic Some Scratches, 

Bezel:

None. 

Dial:

Amazing 1930's Retro Art Deco Sector dial with lot of details. Silver hands & Gold numbers and indices dial, Swiss made Mark, Two register chronograph. Shows light patina Please see picture for more detail.

Complication

Seconds, Chronograph, Tachymeter, Telemeter.

Movement

Manual-winding, After many hours of searching it has been very hard to identify the movement given the age of the watch, based on onthedash either L13 movement which would make this a Ref 2403 or Valjoux 22 Ref 351. Per my understanding they made a 1920's with Valjoux 13 VZ which is also monopusher. either way this is a very rare watch with very rare movement.

Movement Notes

Just inspected and in great shape.  Please see pictures and as some old movements don't have a very clear marking. Movement is running. Keeps great time see below time testing.

Strap

Genuine Leather , Lug Size: 18mm      Please see picture.

Box

Come with Beautiful Comes with Tag Heuer Service Box $50 Value

Reference #

2403 Or 351 unless there was a earlier version from 1920's

Made in

Switzerland

Water Resistance

No. Please pressure test before water use.

Service Level

    2  (Please see Tab below for details)  By last owner Marking 5/13. Please keep in mind when comparing serviced watches with none serviced watch.  Price is at least $300-$500 more based on complications. Since old watch are like old cars you never know what you gone get.

Timing Test **

-11s/day  In-House Time Test Results (See Service Level Tab)**

Certified Pre-Owned

Passed 25-point inspection. Please see tab below for details.

Warranty

NA (Please see Tab below for details)

Notes:

All watch functions tested and operable. Circa 1930's

 

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