MODEL: 73443 NT
CASE DIAMETER: 37mm
CASE MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL
BRACELET MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL / LEATHER
MOVEMENT: MANUAL WIND
The Heuer Camaro 30 Dato from 1972 is a sophisticated blend of mechanical innovation, sporting prowess, and captivating aesthetics. Birthed under the watchful guidance of Jack Heuer, the Camaro line is inexorably tied to the Chevrolet Camaro, a name synonymous with motor-sport excellence and an integral part of the American racing fabric.
This connection to Chevrolet wasn't merely incidental; it was a calculated move. As Jack Heuer himself explained, the Camaro name was chosen for its melodious sound, international appeal, and undeniable affiliation with a sporty car that resonated with the watch's target market.
First released in 1968, the Camaro's 'cushion-shape' case set it apart from other offerings. Its unique design allowed Heuer to compete with other angular-case watch manufacturers like Breitling, Rolex, and Glashütte. This distinctive styling, borrowed from the Carrera line, gave the Camaro an edge without necessitating a complete design overhaul.
However, it is the 73443 model, the last Camaro case off the production line, that truly stands out. Some 2000 were estimated to have been made in two years. With a serial number high in the 232xxx range, this exceptional piece showcases a rare transition from a red to an orange chrono hand.
The pinnacle of this line might well be a co-branded 'Champion' dial 73443 NT with an orange sweep hand. This late-era anomaly is a fascinating footnote to an already rich history.