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1971 Heuer Skipper (Ref. 73463) Mk.1 "Manual Wind"

This week on 'What is on my Wrist', Cam takes us through what may be the ultimate in summer sports watch? This example is a 1971 Heuer Skipper. A watch purpose-built for Regatta races which, if you're reading this site you're probably doing basically constantly right? No? Same here, but they are still really great watches with a fun and colorful design.

The Heuer Skipper, a fantastic tool watch produced and built for Regatta races, starring a large, colorful 15-minute counter for tracking the countdown start of a yacht race. The red, white, and blue sub-dial is divided into five-minute sections, each indicating a period in the lead up to a regatta to allow yacht pilots to gain every second advantage possible.

One of the most seldom seen and sought after Heuer Skipper’s is the ref. 73463 as the Autavia counterpart it shares a case with also saw very limited production. The ref. 73463 is so desired as it retains the excellent case dimensions as a traditional Autavia however, its use of the Valjoux cal. 7734 movement made for a much thinner and more wearable case design.

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