Why This Watch Matters
The 1960s were a period of growth and experimentation for Heuer, and the idea of placing a date window into a chronograph was actually foreign – thus the Dato never saw great commercial success. Like many other overlooked chronos of the day, the Dato 45 is now a cult classic among chronograph collectors.
The Full Story
The year 1963 brought about two great lines of chronographs: from Rolex we saw the Cosmograph Daytona, and from Heuer we saw the Carrera. While both companies were early to experiment with their drivers’ watches in the 1960s, Rolex focused on water-proofness and Heuer focused on practicality and legibility. The 3147N is the second generation Carrera with Date, and its off-center “Cyclops” dial has long fascinated collectors. This watch features a slightly thicker case profile than a three register, non-date Carrera due to its Landeron movement. This Dato 45 is completely original and stunning in every way.ery way.