02/05/2012 Bonhams to offer single-owner Heuer Collection at Monaco Historics 2012
Heuer. A stainless steel automatic chronograph wristwatch 'Autavia', US promotion for Viceroy cigarettes: 1,800 - 2,400 euros
As a precursor to its 11 May motor car sale, Bonhams will offer 48 Heuer watches and associated motor racing timing equipment.
The name ‘Heuer’, and its famous chevron logo, is synonymous with Grand Prix drivers of the 60s and 70s, particularly Jo Siffert. The Swiss company was also a long-term supplier of timing equipment to Ferrari, and the image of Ickx bouncing off the kerbs at Monaco in a plain, red-and-white Ferrari 312 is a powerful one.
Bonhams’ catalogue lists 44 watches, dating from the early 60s to the mid-80s, and while the majority are classic hand-wound or automatic mechanical movement pieces, the collection does include a couple of boxed quartz digital devices, circa 1978.
Classic Driver readers not living in Hoxton, though, will be more interested in the classic (er… timeless?) Carreras, Camaros and Autavias, all reasonably estimated around the 1,500 – 2,000 euros mark. Rarities such as the brown-face c.1974 Silverstone are a touch more: 2,400 – 3,000 euros.
There are also two of the square ‘Monaco’ models (made famous by Steve McQueen in ‘Le Mans’, and also worn by Siffert) estimated at 3,000 – 4,000 euros for the grey dial, and 4,800 – 6,000 euros for the most recognisably ‘McQueen’, blue-faced version.
The sale will take place at 14:00 on Friday, 11 May at Bonhams’ Terrasses de Fontvieille location.