1970/71 Heuer Bund Chronograph 1550 SG German Airforce Gents Vintage Watch

The Overview

We work with a collector who supplies highly documented military watches and this Heuer is as good as it gets. Made in 1970 and supplied to the German Airforce in 1971, it was purchased from a Munich watch supplier who bought it from the original owner, Lieutenant Colonel Holzhauer. The steel case is in overall excellent condition but does have wear in line with regular wear. The original dial is again in very good condition but does have some wear around the ‘2’ and ‘4’ area and ‘7’ to ‘8’. The manual wind Valjoux 230 flyback chronograph movement was serviced by Stephen Hale Watch Restoration of Mayfair in November 2019 (SHWR are one of the world’s most respected watchmakers). In terms of provenance we have:

  • Copies of the owner’s Air Crew Licence
  • A letter from Tag Heuer confirming the serial number and details of the watch
  • A letter from the Militar Historiches Museum and the Military Archives confirming Alfred Holzhauer did serve in the Bundeswehr (Luftwaffe) during the 1960’s and 1970’s.
  • Service letter from SHWR
  • A hard plastic case

The watch is currently being serviced by our watchmaker and we will include a 12 month guarantee on the movement.


The Case

The steel case is in overall excellent condition but does have wear in line with regular wear. The case measures 43mm across excluding the winding crown and 51mm long including the lugs. The outside case has the reference:

BW 6645 12 146 5081


The Box, Papers and Sonning Warranty

As with the majority of pre-owned watches that are 10 years or older, this particular watch does not come with its original box and paperwork. The watch is 100% genuine and rest assured we provide a lifetime guarantee on the authenticity and provenance of all the watches we sell.

Although there is no original paperwork, we do provide a written invoice and 3 page insurance valuation with the pictures of the watch and all available reference numbers. We also give a 12 month warranty on all our watches. We also stock a good selection of vintage watch boxes to help complete your purchase.


About Sonning Vintage Watches

Sonning Vintage Watches are one of the largest prestige brand vintage watch retailers on the Internet carrying stock of around £700,000; we’ve sold over 3,000 vintage watches across the world since our formation in 2009. We’re based in Berkshire and Nottingham and spend 1- 2 days a week in London. Whilst we’re an Internet business we do ‘show’ 90% of our watches prior to sale and travel across England to meet prospective buyers.


Why Purchase a Watch from SVW

We provide a lifetime guarantee on the authenticity and provenance of all our watches and come with a full printed Receipt of Sale and Insurance Valuation. Purchasing from SVW gives you the protection and reassurance of buying from an incorporated company with outstanding customer testimonials.

We provide a high quality box and use the Royal Mail Special Delivery for the UK and DHL for overseas sales. They are insured for the full purchase value.

See what our customers say – 100% positive feedback on all our sales sites and over 40% of our customers buy again or refer us!


Couriering and Pre-Delivery Inspection

We use the Royal Mail’s Guaranteed next day service for UK sales and DHL for all overseas shipping. All our watches are fully serviced, but prior to couriering each one will undergo a 3 day pre-delivery check to ensure the watch is in perfect condition.


The Conclusion

This is a rare and highly collectable vintage watch from one of horology’s most famous names and will, if history is any judge, provide an excellent financial investment as well as a possession to treasure and enjoy. I will provide an insurance valuation in excess of my asking price. Please appreciate the difficulty of photographing this piece, it looks even better in real life. Subject to your location I’ll happily show the watch.

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