HEUER | REFERENCE 2444 MAREOGRAPHE A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH TIDAL INDICATION, REGISTERS AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1960
REFERENCE 2444 MAREOGRAPHE
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH TIDAL INDICATION, REGISTERS AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1960
Dial: silvered, blue
Caliber: cal. 721 mechanical, 17 jewels
Movement number: 455639
Case: stainless steel, screw down case back
Case number: 42618
Closure: associated stainless steel bracelet with clasp
Size: diameter 36.5 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Case in overall good condition with light surface wear and sympathetic polish in our view. Case back with surface scuffing throughout. Associated steel bracelet is branded Champion and with light surface wear and scuffing throughout.
Dial in good overall condition with even aging throughout. Even aging to the lume indexes and hands. Light dust and some small surface marks.
Movement is not operating properly and will require service at the purchaser's discretion.
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The ‘Mareographe’ was Heuer’s version of the ‘Seafarer’ that was made specifically for Abercrombie & Fitch – the firm’s US retail partner. As specified by the name - 'marée' being 'tide' in French - the Mareograph was designed for the sailing community and was the first chronograph to have tide level indication for regattas.
Both the Heuer and Abercrombie versions share the same reference number ‘2444’ and dial layout, and were produced in 4 executions. The present watch is a second execution example with silvered dial, dauphine luminous hands, applied steel baton markers and blue accents to the tide indicators. Most reference 2444’s were made for the American market as the Abercrombie clientele was more focused on coastal and outdoor pursuits, whereas Heuer’s European buyers were more focused on automobile and racing. This Mareographe presented today offers collectors a rare opportunity to own this incredible watch in exceptional condition.