Continuing with our string of finds from eBay’s Authenticate program (details here), we’ve spotted another rare bird this morning that we’d almost forgotten about—the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer Edition from 2013. In many respects merging the aesthetics of prior Carrera models with the more edgy and innovative Mikrogirder releases that came prior, this Jack Heuer edition is one of the more distinct Carreras to surface in modern history, and one that doesn’t hit the secondary market all that often.
First things first, the elaborately executed bullhead case is a real treat. Its outer structure and lugs are machined from stainless steel, with cutaway sections in a variety of finishes; polishing, brushing, and microblasting, giving its side profile an aesthetic similar to that of a steel girder. The inner barrel of its case, on the other hand, is much simpler in construction, and made from titanium in order to trim the overall heft of the piece. At 45mm across, this case design would feel like a bit of a brick on the wrist if the case was completely steel.
The dial of the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer Edition is much more traditional by comparison, bearing significant resemblance to the Carrera Jack Heuer 80th Birthday that launched the year before. The three-register date configuration follows the structure seen in other calibre 1887 chronograph models, though turned 90 degrees counterclockwise to move its pushers to the 11 and 1 o’clock “bullhead” configuration, leaving chronograph minutes at 9, and chronograph hours at 3. The dial itself is an interesting “panda chrono meets sector dial” sort of setup, with a radially brushed silver center surrounded by a raised and similarly brushed slate grey outer disc. because of the lack of a subdial, its running seconds at 6 o’clock almost go unnoticed.
The specific example we spotted today is listed complete with its original box and papers, in fairly spotless condition for $4,899 or best offer. Given that its list price was $7,800, and the fact that these odd chronographs only hit the market so often, we’d call that pretty darned reasonable.