Amongst the litany of iconic chronograph models that Heuer has under their belt, one often escapes public discourse leading to its underappreciation within the watch community, the Bundeswehr, named after the military that would use it. Founded in 1955, the Bundeswehr was the unified NATO defense force for West Germany occupying NATO's border with the Soviet Union. The Bundeswehr existed as NATO's spearhead for any defensive or offensive maneuvers that may have been required should anything happen between the two parties. As a result, the Bundeswehr were one of the best-equipped armed forces around at the time. As part of that equipment, their pilots were issued the Heuer Bundeswehr. Created as a pilot's watch in the 1960s, the Bundeswehr looks and acts as you might expect with some details specific to it. It was also a general issue for pilots in many other nations' air forces, such as the Italian Air Force, under the brand Leonidas, whom Heuer acquired in the 60s.
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Vetted & Approved
Est. value range
$3,000 – $5,000
Watch is in excellent overall condition. The case shows minimal surface wear, with the rotating bezel having some light wear on the edge of the bezel insert. The original "Small T" dial in excellent shape with only minor surface marks visible. The luminous on the dial has some light spotting and has aged to a slightly greenish tinge. Hands are a lighter tone.
A powerful reminder of just how important watches were to those that wore them before the digital age, the Bundeswehr, even in its civilian form is an iconic timepiece that performed in some of the harshest and most dangerous environments of all.