Posts Tagged ‘Heuer Stopwatches’

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‘Automobile Year’ Ad for Heuer stopwatches of the 1950’s…

By the time i started racing in 1979 the day of the digital ‘Accusplit’ had arrived, but no way known was i going to have one of those new-fangled digital devices. My heroes had been timed by Heuer, so too were to be my humble Formula Vee efforts.

Dad was duly despatched to buy a pair on one of his Hong Kong trips, i still have them of course, complete with the boxes in which they came and the blue ribbon to which they were attached to the girlfriend of the day.

Liz had many talents not the least of which were her race weekend skills, all encompassing, inclusive of lap timing as they were.

Its a bit like chronographs really, yer can buy one with a digital movement but its not the same as a beautifully hand crafted Swiss piece filled with tiny, complex, exquisitely engineered mechanical ‘gubbins’ contained in a sculptured metal shell…

The Casio which followed the Heuers needs a battery! More functional and accurate than the Swiss items but nowhere near as beautiful or evocative!

http://www.onthedash.com/Guide/_Stopwatches/

d mc kay with stop watches

Australias’ ‘Scuderia Veloce’ supremo, David McKay practising the noble art of multiple stop-watch operation at Warwick Farm in the mid ’60’s. (David Mist)

heuer stopwatch

Photo Credit…David Mist, Automobile Year