Heuer Bund 1550 SG Flyback Chronograph
So you like Pilots’ watches?
Vintage Pilots’ watches? Then this is what you need.
Step forward the “Bund”, or more precisely, a Heuer Bundeswehr flyback chronograph (unissued).
Bund is less of a mouthful.
Heuer and Leonidas made legendary chronographs for many military Air Forces (in fact Heuer ended up buying Leonidas in the mid 1960s). Watches ‘issued’ to a force, most notably the German Bundeswehr, were returned regularly to the manufacture to be serviced and repaired, often under licence by Sinn. After all, as a military pilot, you didn’t want a watch that wasn’t freshly serviced and reliable. Hence military watches are often not frowned on so much if they have service or genuine replacement parts. That’s why you see Bunds with any one of three Valjoux movements used inside that distinctive clamshell case. There were many variations produced over the years.
This example is known as the second Heuer version, but is still an earlier production model. It has the most simple dial, just with a small ‘Heuer’ logo. This is the original dial with, as well as the smaller logo, it has a smaller, cleaner font than later models or those with replacement dials. Another sign is that the 2/4/8/10 hours are not “cut off” like later service dials. It’s gently aging, with signs of patina on some of the hour numbers and some scratches on its bi-directional bezel, but that’s what we like!
At 43mm it is very much a modern day size, sitting well even on smaller wrists. It looks absolutely great on just about any strap but especially NATOs, leather straps like the one we are selling or for the maximum ‘Top Gun’ look, a leather military cuff strap.
It was made by the hottest name in vintage right now, but doesn’t cost the same money as a Carrera or Autavia, and it comes with that military background that broadens its appeal.
Once you own one of these, you’ll struggle to take it off, let alone sell it, even as it increases in value and rarity.