Heuer Ref. 12 Small Shield
Heuer Ref. 12. c1979-82. Manual wind Valjoux 7734.
This is my second. Ref. 12, the first with more details about this model can be found here. I acquired it from the original owner, who purchased it new from Watches of Switzerland, B’ham, UK in either ’81 or ’82.
What intrigued me about this particular model are the slight differences to that of my other Ref. 12. Most notable is the Heuer shield, which is much smaller. Granted, the shield on the other example is oversized, so emphasises the difference. The lume dot markers are placed slightly differently too, being ‘on’ the ends of the hour markers not just ‘off’ them. I’ve seen another version of the Ref. 12 which had markings on the right hand subdial similar to that found on a Autavia, with three coloured arcs. I can only presume this is yet another Heuer oddity, during the same time period, the dive watch range went through similar changes. Almost as if Heuer were selling all the different designs until one was settled on.
The Ref. 12 is a wonderful watch, the design is so clean, it reminds me of vintage Porsche instrumentation. It has that lovely metallic Valjoux 7734 tick to it, you can really here it when it’s quiet.