Heuer Pasadena Chronograph
Model: Pasadena Chronograph
Case Material: Stainless steel
Case diameter: 41mm
Glass: Sapphire crystal
Water resistance: Due to age not advised
Box & Papers: Generic Box Only
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The Pasadena has a large 41mm steel case with a lug-less design. While there was a stainless steel model, the best-known Pasadena is the blackened model that you see here.
What’s not clear is what type of black coating is used, although the consensus seems to be that the base steel is anodised rather than coated via Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD). Today, the term PVD is commonly used to describe a black coating, but as regular readers will know, PVD is a method of applying a coating, not the coating itself.
The dial is beautifully clear and simple. In keeping with the 7750 layout, the sub-dials are placed at 12, 6 and 9 o’clock, with a simple date window at 3pm. The hour markers are set with lume stripes, which tend to turn a lovely cream/ yellow colour as they age, just as on this example.
The hands are also typical of the time- lume coated rectangular hour, minute and central chronograph hands with no taper at all.
And as you can see the case is not only large, but also quite thick- this is a chunky watch with a case depth that wouldn’t be out of place in a modern watch. Note the un-signed crown, which is normal for this model.