While I was wading into vintage replica watches, I read a lot. Not so much books – although we have some super helpful and flat-out beautiful books in the Shop Library right now – but instead, I was reading forums and blog posts.
In its early days, the ‘Dink covered a lot of manual-wind Carreras from the 1960s. Eric Wind, former contributor and now owner of Wind Vintage, even uncovered the very first Heuer Carrera replica with blue dial, on eBay of all places. These black and white-dial Carreras are outstanding; they’re classic, but – I tend to be a contrarian – leaning toward the obscure.
As a result, I’ve always been interested in these C-shaped case Carreras from the 1970s. While under the same model lineage, they are just something completely different, especially the example we have this week.
Powered by Heuer’s caliber 12, a direct descendant of one of the first automatic chronograph movements introduced in 1969, this cheap TAG Heuer Carera ref. 110.253B copy watch is as distinctly 1970s as their earlier manual wind siblings are distinctly 1960s. As an automatic rather than manually wound caliber, the case is necessarily more substantial, but the C-shape allows the watch to sit very comfortably on the wrist despite the added thickness.
Of course, the dial is where this watch jumps off the page, with a deep blue Cotes de Genève finish and the added detail of a watchmaking school signature at six o’clock. More than the Geneva stripes and extra letters, when picking up the watch, I was drawn to the sub-register shape. Differing from many of the other C-shaped Carreras I’ve come across, these ovular registers really work for me and give the dial a whole different balance than the more traditional circular sub-dial layout. Head on over to the Shop to check out this aaa quality copy Heuer Carrera in all of its beauty.