HEUER Skipper regatta chronograph from 1971
Rare Heuer Skipper First Execution regatta chronograph from 1971. Ref. 73463. Excellent blue tritium dial and tritium hands. Dial functions are hour-minute-seconds and date. Chronograph has orange seconds hand and minutes counters at 5 minute intervals (10-5-0). Bezel rotates in both directions. Original Heuer crown and pushers. Fully serviced manual Valjoux 7734 movement. Watch comes with German, Milanese style steel bracelet or leather strap of choice. Case size is 42 x 47mm.
Heuer Skipper models are rare. Eleven different versions are currently known to exist, and there are only 463 pieces left in the world. You can read more about the differences between Skipper models on the Heuerchrono website.
Väinö J. Nurmimaa
This watch is considered rare also because of its first owner. The name Väinö J. Nurmimaa has been engraved on the caseback. Mr. Nurmimaa was a business influencer, Honorary Doctor of Technology and Honorary Mining Counsellor with a lengthy career. He was the CEO of Sanoma Osakeyhtiö (publisher of Helsingin Sanomat) from 1976 to 1984, laying the foundation for the modern Sanoma Group and its success.
In addition to his work as CEO, he was also a keen athlete, going by the name of Väiski Nurmimaa. He did competitive sailing, orienteering, skiing, cross-country running, football, basketball, Finnish baseball and track & field. He was particularly well-known in the field of rally sports, where he worked with famous rally driver Rauno Aaltonen as his co-driver and navigator between 1959 and 1966. He also played volleyball with President of Finland Mauno Koivisto in the Sikariporras (Bigwigs) club.