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Vintage BAYLOR Chronograph Beautiful Blue Dial Matt Gold Fill Date at 12 W/ Box

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Baylor was a European jewelry retailer, which Heuer made some watches for Baylor, with these watches being co-branded -- Heuer and Baylor. Other retailers that had co-branded Heuer watches included Turler, Abercrombie &  Fitch, Beyer and I am sure there were many more. 

In the 1960s and 1970s, the fashion was for sporty chronographs in sturdy cases. Some of the most renowned racers and teams of the day regularly seen sporting Heuer’s Carrera, Monza and Autavia models. However, then, as now, their price points were out of reach of many average enthusiasts, giving rise to what we now refer to as “Poor Man’s Heuers.”

These watches have picked up quite a bit of traction in recent years, as collectors realize the value of these stunning and sporty watches. However, they’re perhaps undeserving of the moniker, because their solid cases and dependable movements are the same as those used by Heuer. In fact, Heuer manufactured pieces to be sold at a more affordable price through large retailers like Sears & Roebuck and Zales, under names like Tradition or Baylor.

Produced for the jeweler Zales, Baylor-branded watches used many of the same parts as the Heuer Autavias and Carreras of the late 1960s. It’s even rumored that as Heuer began to shift its focus toward automatic chronographs with new cases and dials, Zales was able to snatch up parts for pennies on the dollar. The result was a small array of watches that looked and felt just like Heuers.

While many of these Baylor-branded Heuers were based on more popular models like the Autavia Reference 2446C, the one that we've found takes for its inspiration the humble Heuer Camaro. With a funky, retro vibe, the Heuer Camaro with its dependable manual-wind Valjoux movements exudes '70s style. But the timing of its release—in 1968, just one year before the introduction of the game-changing Caliber 11 Chronomatic movement—saw it overshadowed by the Autavias and Carreras with automatic movements.   

This makes it an odd choice for Zales to import it into the U.S. and distribute it under the Baylor brand. And yet, we think its unusual circle-in-the-square case with the trademark sunburst finishing on the top case and sharp bevels is an attractive (and infinitely wearable) design. When you add a reverse panda color way that’s all the rage these days, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t want to strap this Baylor on your wrist.

This is a beauty. It is very rare to find a watch this old with original box. Defiantly a collector watch. Please look at all the pictures, as they are part of the description. The watch is working. 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.

 

WATCH DETAILS

Case

Gold Electroplated, Stainless Steel Case Back. some scratches, plating, and pitting. 

Case Size

37,00 mm without the crown. 42,50mm lug to lug.

Caseback

Stainless steel cover signed. Screw Back, Snap on. Please note case back in most cases is not fully tighten.

Crown

UnSigned

Crystal

Acrylic Some Scratches, shows age & character

Bezel:

None. 

Dial:

Super sun brust Blue Dial, with Gold accent. Panda Gold.  Swiss made Mark, with chronograph, the seconds Hand and date at 12 O'Clock. which makes it very rare. With Gold hour, min, second hands, and indices, Gold chronograph registers with shiny outer ring, black chronograph registers hands and marking. Please see picture for more detail.

Complication

Seconds, Date, Chronograph, Tachmeter, 

Movement

Manual-winding 

LANDERON 187. Start at top pusher then stop and reset with bottom pusher.

Movement Notes

Just inspected and in great shape. ease see pictures and as some old movements don't have a very clear. seems movement screws are missing but not effecting anything.

Strap

Genuine Leather 20mm. Lug 21mm Please see picture.

Box

Come with Beautiful Baylor Box. 

Reference Number

L187 for the movement

Made in

Switzerland

Water Resistance

No, Please pressure test before water use.

Service Level*

3 (see Tab for info)

In-House Time Test Results**

-22 s/day 

This is great time keeping for a watch in this age!

Warranty***

NO

Notes:

 All watch functions tested and operable. Circa 1960's

 

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