Heuer Camaro 7220N chronograph

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Heuer Camaro chronographRef. 7220N

In the illustrious 1960s, Heuer cemented its status with the iconic Carrera, a timepiece that swiftly gained cult status. However, the Camaro, with its distinctive cushion-shaped case, introduced a different design language altogether.

Quick facts

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Brand: Heuer
Model: Camaro
Reference: 7220N
Year: 1969
Case: Stainless steel, 37mm
Caliber: Valjoux 72, manual wound

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What about it

The Heuer Camaro stands as the final frontier among manual-wind timepieces crafted by Heuer.

Often overshadowed by its more popular siblings like the Carrera and Autavia, Camaro offers a unique allure for vintage chronograph enthusiasts. This model, produced between 1968 and 1972, represents a distinct design departure with its cushion-shaped case. While it retained its manual-winding mechanism during its entire production span, it's curious to note that unlike some of its contemporaries, it never underwent the transition to an automatic movement.

Interestingly, despite its period of production ending in the early 1970s, the Camaro never saw a resurgence or a reissue, unlike some other iconic Heuer models. Its legacy, however, found a sort of reincarnation in the later release of the Monza in the late 1990s, drawing some semblance in spirit but with a distinctive departure in form.

Its underappreciated status in the current market belies the inherent value and appeal it holds for discerning collectors. This underrated gem packs more historical significance and intrinsic worth than it might receive credit for in today's collecting landscape.

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Heuer Camaro 7220 Valjoux 72 movement

Valjoux 72 — arguably the finest manual-wind chronograph ever

In 1938 the Valjoux 72 stepped onto the scene. With a column wheel similar to its slightly smaller predecessors, the 22 and 23, this new 13 lignes challenger made a notable divergence. It embraced a 12-hour counting register, a feature that many consider the zenith of chronograph design: three subdials and two pushers. While retaining the 18,000 beats per hour tempo like its forerunners, the 72 enhanced its durability with sturdier components.

The Valjoux 72 proved to be an adaptable movement, open to modifications that enabled the creation of more intricate calibers.

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Heuer Camaro ref 7220N chronograph

Many variations

The lineup boasted an impressive array of dial variations, offering a palette ranging from classic black and white to the iconic panda and even a distinguished dark brown option. What sets apart the later models from their predecessors is the addition of fluted pushers, adding a touch of sophistication to the design, while the earlier versions embraced the simplicity of conventional sleeves seen in many chronographs of the era.

One striking element to note is the remarkable resemblance of these dials to the original Carreras. Their timeless simplicity has endured the years, retaining their elegant allure and showcasing the enduring design brilliance of Heuer.

Heuer Camaro ref 7220N dial and case
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Availability: Pretty rare
Few watches on sale

Pricing: 5,000 - 7,000 €
(Dec 2023)



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