Heuer Skipper 15640 2nd Gen
Heuer Skipper 15640 2nd Generation, Cal. 15, Black Gloss Dial, c1978-82
I’ve written about the Skippers before, but that was in relation to the 11063 cased version. This is the 11630 cased version, all cases borrowed from the Autavia line of watches. This model has the gloss black dial, there was a blue dial version available prior to this model, known as the 1st Gen of the 15640’s.
It is a little confusing, as you would expect a 1st Gen to have an earlier case, as there are earlier Skippers, but the ‘generational’ naming is specific to the models called 15640. The reason is that there were 3 models called 15640, but were quite different. The 1st Gen is a 11630 case with blue dial and bezel, 2nd Gen is what we see here (same 11630 case), 3rd Gen is the 11063 cased models. Maybe they should be called Mk1/2/3 as generation suggests a change of case for all. Anyway, no one said that the naming conventions of Heuers had to be simple!
I particularly like this model, the deep gloss black dial is so crisp and wonderful, it makes a nice change from the matt dials of most of the Autavias. The hour batons are painted white too, giving a really fresh feel to the design. I’ve no idea on numbers produced or sold, but it’s fair to say that you don’t see too many of these. They do pop up from time to time, but compared to the regular Autavias of the same case, these are fairly scarce.
The Skippers Calibre 15 movements 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.
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.