In search of the rightful owner of a Heuer Carrera Dato 45 in my procession

  1. fsflee

    fsflee Jun 20, 2020

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    All, I am new here and trying to search for that needle in the hay stack.

    My father was a watch repairer in Hong Kong. He passed away in 1975. I migrated to Australia in 1976 with his box of belonging which I have never opened until I did a clean up couple of months ago. Amongst the things in the box is a working, possibly repaired, black dialed Heuer Carrera Dato 45. I am reasonably sure that the watch doesn’t belong to him as I don’t think we could afford having one at the time. I can only surmise that the owner of the watch, for whatever reason, failed to claim it back.

    I did a bit of research and realize that it is now a watch of some value. I am quite happy to return the watch to its rightful owner if

    1. He/she can identify the watch with the number stamped on the case; or

    2. Name the shop that he/she deposited the watch in for repair; or

    3. In case it is a private repair job, my father’s name.

    This offer is absolutely unconditional (except that the claimant is to pay for freight from Australia) and will be open for 6 months, after which I shall pass the watch to my son.
     
  2. fsflee

    fsflee Jun 20, 2020

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    Sorry, my POSSESSION, I mean
     
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  3. Marcos Alvarenga

    Marcos Alvarenga Jun 20, 2020

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    Nice initiative.

    please post pictures after 6 months or after the right owner finds it.
     
  4. imagwai

    imagwai Jun 20, 2020

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    It's mine! I wondered what I did with it, but now I remember :)

    It's very noble of you, but I think after so much time has passed, you'd be pretty safe in assuming the owner won't be found now.
     
  5. eduk

    eduk Jun 20, 2020

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    This - nearly 50 years ago, very possible the original owner is no longer alive
     
  6. abrod520

    abrod520 Jun 20, 2020

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    Well, these weren't very expensive watches back then, especially in 1975 as style trends had changed considerably from the late '60s which is when this watch was designed. It would instead have been just a couple-years-old used watch, so unless your father was truly destitute I don't think it's completely out of the question that it may have been his.
     
  7. fsflee

    fsflee Jun 20, 2020

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    Thank you. I might just do that.
     
  8. fsflee

    fsflee Jun 20, 2020

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    Eduk & Imagwai: That's my worry but I think I still have to give it a go.
     
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  9. fsflee

    fsflee Jun 20, 2020

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    Highly unlikely. I have never seen him wearing a watch.
     
  10. TomGW

    TomGW Oct 7, 2020

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    Any update on this? Don't discount it being your father's, even if you never saw him wear it. My father died in February 2017, at 87, and during my lifetime I seldom ever saw him wear a watch. He had a fairly nondescript manual watch during my childhood which was seldom worn, although it sat on a dresser in the bedroom. In later years he had a cheap and nasty gold coloured quartz that he took on holiday but otherwise it was never seen. To my surprise, when we were clearing out the house we found both of the aforementioned watches, as well as a pie-pan Connie, complete with box, receipt and documents.
     
  11. fsflee

    fsflee Oct 8, 2020

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  12. fsflee

    fsflee Oct 8, 2020

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    Hi TomGW. Thank you for your email. Since late June I have cast the net wider and try to trace my father's contact in Hong Kong as it was where the watch was originally from. No luck so far. I can be almost sure that my father would not have bought that watch as he was never a wheel and deal person. Judging by the condition of the watch, it was pretty obvious that the watch had a had life. If the watch did belong to my father, my guess would be that it was given to or left with him for parts and my dad decided to have it fixed. I'll take some photos of the watch and post it up later. Thanks again for your interest.
     
  13. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Oct 8, 2020

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    Feels like the watch gods want this one to be yours. You've done more than the right thing to see if there is an obvious owner (a real needle in a haystack)- hope it brings you some nice memories of your father/ your son's grandfather.

    I'm based in Melbourne, so let me know if you need any advice on repairs/ parts/ etc