TAG Heuer has been leading the industry in sports watches since the mid 1800s. Edouard Heuer started the company in 1860. The brand is a leader still today. There are some key points in the history of the company than you may not realize. Brigitte Kruse & GWS Auctions, Inc is here to shed some light on some of the breakthroughs you should know about TAG Heuer.
TAG Heuer Leads the Sports Watch Industry
Even though the Heuer Watch Company was originally founded in 1860 by Edouard Heuer, it wasn’t until 1880 that the company started to specialize in timing sporting events. While the watches designed by Heuer were used to time sporting events in the 1920s at the Antwerp, Paris and Amsterdam Olympics, the company really took off when it launched the Autavia in 1933 to be used in automobile racing. The brand is still used for timing automobile racing today.
Technical Achievements of TAG Heuer
There are some significant technical achievements that were made by the Heuer brand in the early years. First, in 1887, Heuer produced the oscillation pinion that worked to simplify the chronograph, and is still used in timepieces today. Secondly, Charles-Auguste Heuer produced the first Mikrograph. This made the TAG Heuer watches the fastest in history.
First Swiss Watch in Space
The first man to step foot on the moon is one of the most memorable moments in world history. Not only was John Glenn the first on the moon, but he was wearing the Heuer 2915A on his wrist, making it the first Swiss watch in history. It had a custom made strap that allowed it to fit over the top of the space suit and act as a backup timer.
Automobile Racing Driving Wrist Watches
Many of the watches designed and produced by TAG Heuer are associated with automobile racing. One of the most famous watches is the Heuer Carrera. Jack Heuer created it to cater to race car drivers. It needed to be a tough watch that was able to be legible even during the fierce vibrations that comes with automobile racing.
First Automatic Winding Chronograph
The Caliber 11 was produced in 1969. This watch made history as it was the first watch with an automatic winding chronograph. Many competitors were working to produce an automatic winding chronograph at the same time including Zenith and Seiko.
The Monaco V4 Tourbillon
The Monaco V4 was a major breakthrough in watchmaking. Rather than using a traditional gear chain and wheels with teeth, this watch is belt driven; designed after the workings of an automobile engine.
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