This gorgeous Heuer Carrera Dato 12 3147N, 1st Execution is a collectable variant of Heuer’s renowned double-pusher manual-winding chronograph. Best of all, this rare Heuer 3147N Carrera brings added cachet with its mystique-laden FAB. SUISSE dial text. In that detail alone you have the basis for engaging storytelling with every proud presentation of your latest vintage Heuer.
Examples like this are becoming rarer by the day
Whether you’re a dyed in the wool Heuer collector or simply in the market for a rare Swiss 1960s chronograph with investment potential, this watch could be for you. We’re confident that it won’t be in our hands for long. As ever with the nicest Carreras, prompt action is essential.
This has been the star piece for us in the office of late, we love its signature first execution 45-minute register at ‘3’ and running second hand at ‘9’; its association with the 1950s Carrera Panamericana motor race, and the unmistakable inner lug bevels that have shouted ‘Carrera’ to the world since 1963.
So contact us today and put this piece of La Chaux-de-Fonds watchmaking history in your collection. And of course, on your wrist, for this is a watch that’s meant to be worn, not locked away.
Collectable Fab. Suisse dial annotation
A quick note on the prominent ‘Fab Suisse’ annotation: it’s the stuff of collecting dreams, a built-in ‘customs label’ that Gallic authorities demanded of Swiss watches imported into France in the 1950s and 1960s. Such were their demands that the mark reportedly had to be as close as practicably possible to the maker’s name. In this case, though intriguingly close to the standard ‘Swiss’ labelling, the FAB. SUISSE text provides pleasing textual balance to CARRERA, Heuer and the 3147N’s distinctive 12 o’clock date window with its distinctive red-on-white numerals.
Technical & Condition
Condition: We’ve assessed the dial of this two-register Heuer Carrera chronograph as excellent – note particularly the rare Fab Suisse dial; the hands are rated excellent (hour and minute hands previously re-lumed); the case is good overall with a few age-related scratches and marks consistent with a vintage 1960s timepiece.
Crystal: Plexiglass; assessed as good with to-be-expected age-consistent scratches.
Case size (exc. Crown): 35 mm; 18mm lug width
Case material: Stainless steel
Movement: Recently serviced manual-wind Landeron 189
Strap/bracelet: New Hirsch leather strap
Box and papers: Ours
Your Heuer Carrera Dato 12?
Make this lovely Heuer Carrera Dato 12 3147N 1st Execution yours. Putting an example of Heuer’s Carrera in your watch drawer is always a great move. This one’s extra special with the story behind that Fab. Suisse dial text on the super-legible face. It epitomises everything Jack Heuer wanted these classic chronographs to be. Treat yourself today.
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Carrera Dato 12
Case Size (excluding crown):
Box & Papers:
Our Own Box
Carrera Dato 12
Case Size (excluding crown):
Box & Papers:
Our Own Box
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Delivery within the UK is Free. Delivery within Europe is £30. Delivery for the Rest of the World is £50.
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All our watches pass through a double authentication process to insure their authenticity. We also provide detailed photos of the watch from all angles to allow you to undertake your own anlysis. Finally as with everything, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to our friendly team
What if something goes wrong with the watch
Whilst all our watches are fully serviced before sale, if something does go wrong, we'll repair it for free as part of our 1 year warranty
Do watches come with original box and papers?
It depends on the individual watch. You can see details under "The Basics" heading on this page. For the majority of vintage watches their original box and papers have been lost to time. Whilst they are nice to have, it’s important to note that “box and papers” DO NOT authenticate a watch despite what many in our trade say. It’s also important to realise alot of sellers (including some of the most well known in the UK) put together full sets of box, papers, hang tags etc by buying blank paperwork and boxes in the secondary market. This is a very regrettable, but unfortunately common occurrence in the trade but something we will never do!
How do I know it will fit?
For metal bracelets we provide the size it will currently fit in the description section of this page. If this measurement is too large or too small we are able to assist in either adding or removing links. We also offer this service, post service on a at-cost basis (i.e. we don't add a margin).
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Shipping & Returns
Can you ship an order to arrive on a certain day?
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How do I return a watch?
Simply let us know you want to send the watch back within the 14 return period and return it to us via Royal Mail Special Delivery. We’ll process your refund the same day we receive the watch back.
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Heuer Carrera Dato 12 3147N, 1st Execution
Make the Heuer Carrera Dato 12 3147N 1st Execution yours now. Having a Heuer Carrera in your watch collection is always a good idea. With the tale behind that Fab, this one is extremely special. The inscription on the face of the Suisse dial embodies everything Jack Heuer envisioned for these legendary chronographs. Today is your day to indulge yourself.
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