Bonhams Goodwood Revival, 12 September 2015
Sold for £21,875
This pick, along with a Heuer Monaco, 1970, was consigned directly by the Italian racing driver Arturio Merzario who, during his 1970s heyday, competed in 85 Formula One Grands Prix, drove for prominent teams including Ferrari, Williams, March and Wolf and, alongside the legendary Brian Redma, won the 1972 Spa 1000.
The two Heuer watches he sold are nothing if not redolent of the era in which Merzario raced, with the first one being this 18-karat gold Carrera from the early 1970s. These gold-cased Carreras are extremely rare and, according to the specialist vintage Heuer website On The Dash, only around 150 were produced – several of which were presented to Ferrari team drivers including Clay Regazzoni, Mario Andretti, Jacky Ickx, Niki Lauda and, it seems, Merzario – because this watch carries an engraved dedication from none other than Jack Heuer.