Mike Hailwood's Heuer watch estimated to sell for £15,000by Dominic Tobin on 9th October 2019
Heuer 'Carrera' 1158 watch was given to Mike Hailwood in 1973, and is estimated to fetch up to £15,000 at an October 18 Bonhams sale
James Hunt with Mike Hailwood, wearing what appears to be the Heuer watch, at Kylami in 1974 Photo: Motorsport Images
A gold Heuer watch owned by Mike Hailwood is estimated to sell for up to £15,000 when it goes up for auction next week.
Photographs appear to show the nine-time motorcycle world champion-turned F1 driver wearing the watch at grands prix. It was given to him by Jack Heuer, the company’s chairman, in 1973.
Inscribed with the words, “To Mike Hailwood for a successful 1973 Jack Heuer”, the 18K gold 'Carrera' 1158 model is one of 150 produced.
Hailwood's Heuer watch Photo: Bonhams
Hailwood’s family is selling the watch at the Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale on October 18. The estimate is between £10,000 and £15,000.
It was given to Hailwood during the 1973 season in which he was awarded the George Cross for rescuing Clay Regazzoni from his burning car at the South African Grand Prix.
Poor reliability and a series of misfortunes meant that his racing season, in a Surtees TS14A-Ford, was less than successful.
The following year, his driving career would be over when he shattered his ankle in a crash at the Nürburgring in his Yardley McLaren.
Hailwood at the 1975 South African Grand Prix — in which he didn't compete — with a chronograph watch Photo: Motorsport Images
According to the auctioneers, the Heuer Carrera 1158 was known as the Montre de Pilote or Driver’s Watch because of its chronograph.
The distinctive champagne dial, black subsidiary dials and calendar match the watch worn by Hailwood in images from the 1974 and 1975 South African Grands Prix.
“We are extremely privileged to be able to offer such an important piece of motorcycling history, which celebrates a true hero of the motorcycling world,” said Ben Walker, international department director, Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycles. “I am sure that the watch will be the subject of much spirited bidding at Stafford.”