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The Monochromes and the Exotics

During the lifespan of the Camaro there are two distinct variations on theme and design which can broadly be described as the earlier 'monochromes' which consisted purely of black and white/greyscale features and the later 'exotics' which introduced an element of colour and a greater variation of design. Each of these types can be attributed approximately to the production periods of the late 1960s (1968-1970) and the early 1970s (1970-1972) respectively.  

As with a many models produced by Heuer, there is an amount of variation across the board and there will always be some examples that blur the lines. 

Features of the Camaro

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1 plain polished (first execution)

2 3 4 & 5 black stripe (second execution) 

6 & 7 white or black edged (third execution), opposing the dial colour.

1 plain (first execution)

2 & 3 white or black short stripes-(second execution)

4 & 5 white or black full-length stripes (third execution)

6 & 7 white or black full-length double 'tramline' stripes (fourth execution)

(The stripes are the opposite of the dial colour.)

The gold models spanned most of the Camaro timeline so followed the patterns of their steel counterparts, displaying each of the variations except third execution markers. To match the accompanying  gold features, the markers and hands were gold-plated instead of stainless steel.

As with most Heuer models of the period, the various hand types were not always fitted to the 'matching' dial markers and we see many crossovers within the range as a whole.

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Although the above is broadly correct, we do still see a number of the earlier movements paired with the later exotic-style Camaros. (such as the Valjoux 72 which spans both periods.) The main drive for Heuer however, was to switch to the newer Valjoux 773x  range to compliment the exciting new 'exotic' line of Camaros.

Regardless of type, each movement should be signed 'HEUER LEONIDAS SA'. (and also 'SWISS' on most earlier models.)

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