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    Anyone knows the history and variation behind Heuer Camaro?

    Hello All

    Today I was over at a friends house and he showed me his vintage Heuer Camaro watch. I got interested and did some digging after I came home and found that it was probably manufactured around 1965~70ish

    I read from a few other threads about the various movements used. Valjoux 72, 92, 7730 etc. But I can not find out much more about the history and info on each variations of the watch

    Anyone know anything about these vintages?
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    Re: Anyone knows the history and variation behind Heuer Camaro?

    Here is some info:

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    Re: Anyone knows the history and variation behind Heuer Camaro?

    David's (Calibre 11) site is a good reference. You might also try another member's website, onthedash.com... Jeff Stein has a lot of info on vintage Heuers.

    You can also dig through past posts in the TAG Heuer forum.

    Heuer became centered on chronographs and was the market leader in the 50's and 60's. Most of the names they gave them related to motorsports in some form. Wonderful watches that are still useful today!
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    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Anyone knows the history and variation behind Heuer Camaro?

    Thank you gentlemen.

    I managed to look through the two sites but unfortunately there doesn't seem to be too much information about these camaros as opposed to the more sought after series of heuers made after 1972. Still highly appreciate all your assistance.
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    Re: Anyone knows the history and variation behind Heuer Camaro?

    I also love the Camaro. On the site of 'On the Dash' you can find some nice old advertisements and catalogs where you can see different models of the Heuer Camaro.

    It was introduced around 1968 as 'the newest shape from Switzerland'.

    The cushion case style may originally go back as far as the 1930 's, but the Camaro was AFAIK one of the first "cushion case" watches in the late '60s.

    The Camaro was only made in the period 1968-72. In the beginning with the old Valjoux calibers like Valjoux 72, but soon it was made with the then 'new' Valjoux movement like 7733 and 7734.

    My personal favorite would be the brown dial Heuer Camaro with date (Valjoux 7734). (This dial is also a clean design without tachymeter). But they are all very nice.

    The overall design of the Camaro is just perfect and the Valjoux handwound calibers that power them are very robust, reliable quality.
    Those were the days of Heuer at its best : they obviously had some of the best watch designers and they simply used the best quality movements on the market and used the best materials for their case and dials and so on.

    It was often imitated as a chronograph by the competition but others never equalled the quality and design.

    In more recent years Tag Heuer went a lot into re-editing the classics and here the Tag Heuer Monza could be considered as the reissue of the Heuer Camaro style.

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    Re: Anyone knows the history and variation behind Heuer Camaro?

    Quote Originally Posted by aratron View Post
    Hello All

    Today I was over at a friends house and he showed me his vintage Heuer Camaro watch. I got interested and did some digging after I came home and found that it was probably manufactured around 1965~70ish

    I read from a few other threads about the various movements used. Valjoux 72, 92, 7730 etc. But I can not find out much more about the history and info on each variations of the watch

    Anyone know anything about these vintages?
    Fine looking watch and I like the name. I'm not familiar with it, but the model name and decade make me thing it was tied to the introduction of the very popular Chevy Camaro. The sporty muscle car was introduced in 1966. Great name for a watch and a car.

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    Re: Anyone knows the history and variation behind Heuer Camaro?

    Quote Originally Posted by John MS View Post
    Fine looking watch and I like the name. I'm not familiar with it, but the model name and decade make me thing it was tied to the introduction of the very popular Chevy Camaro. The sporty muscle car was introduced in 1966. Great name for a watch and a car.
    The Chevrolet Camaro was indeed introduced in Sept 66 for the 67 model year. When I read this my first thought was there was, no 66 Camaros, but I forgot too factor in fall introductions.

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    Re: Anyone knows the history and variation behind Heuer Camaro?

    Quote Originally Posted by nsmike View Post
    The Chevrolet Camaro was indeed introduced in Sept 66 for the 67 model year. When I read this my first thought was there was, no 66 Camaros, but I forgot too factor in fall introductions.

    I watched a few hours of the Barrett Jackson auction this weekend and the Camaro cars were well represented. Although Chevy was playing catchup with Ford, they took their time and released a good competitor in the Camaro.

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    Re: Anyone knows the history and variation behind Heuer Camaro?

    Thanks again for all the info. :thanks
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    Re: Anyone knows the history and variation behind Heuer Camaro?

    Onthedash is working on a chart for all the Camaro models.. They were hoping to finish it sometime in 2010.
    So I would suggest to occasionally check back there..

    Here are some pics of mine..




    • Heuer Camaro (v72)
    • Seiko DarthFrankentunamonster :)
    • Seiko 6139-7010
    • Casio G300 Kawasaki Racing Team
    • Pulsar Quartz
    • Seiko 0124-0049 (burning wreckage)

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