Heuer Skipper 15640 3rd Gen
Heuer Skipper 15640 3rd Gen. (11063 case) Cal 15. c1984/5
The Skipper seems to be the dark horse of the Heuer family, I can’t quite put my finger on why, but they have something quite cool, underdog-ness about them. I love them, they have the motorsport inspired heritage, but re-designed for yacht racing. If the Rolex Sub is the king of underwater, this is king on it. I managed to wrestle this one from the original Swedish owner (thanks David). It was in need of a little tidying up, so off it went to have a spa treatment, and the results are amazing (Thanks Abel – again!). I love the deep gloss black dial and the splash of colour the yacht timer sub dial lends to the design. Out of all the Cal. 15 Heuers, the Skippers are my clear favourites.
There doesn’t seem to be that many around compared to it’s Autavia cousins. You could almost class it as an Autavia, as it shares the cases, from the very early Skippers to this version, the last. Jeff Stein from OTD, refers to them as the “Hermit crabs of the Heuer range”. (There was a very early version, which borrowed a case from the Carrera range).
Even though this has it’s own model number (15640), many models have the ‘11063V’ (like this example) markings on the case, not all, some do bear 15640. The Skippers were modified so that the sub dial hand tick over every 30 seconds, so the normal Cal. 15. 30 minute register becomes a 15 minute recorder, with color-coded zones to enable a yachtsman to keep track of the countdown to the start of a race. The colours correspond to the flags used to mark the countdown sequence. I find it handy for cooking steaks :0)
The model numbers for the automatic Skippers is a bit confusing, as there were only two model numbers spanning four designs. The early model, which had an Autavia 1163 case was ‘1564’, then the three after were all 15640. The first (1st Gen) had a Autavia 11630 case, with blue dial & blue bezel insert, the 2nd Gen was identical, but with gloss black dial/bezel insert, the 3rd Gen is what we see here – gloss black dial, black bezel insert, but all wrapped in the last and biggest Autavia case from the 11063.
If you want to learn all about the models, manual & auto.. Click here to see the detailed table Jeff recently put on OTD… and check out the photo library.
David over at Cal. 11 also did a nice article on the Heuer/TAG Heuer watersports watches.