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Bonhams puts motorcycle racing legend Mike Hailwood’s Heuer on the block

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Bonhams is hosting its Autumn Stafford Auction alongside The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show on October 18 and its star lot will appeal to lovers of vintage motorcycle racing and watches alike.

Heuer fine watch formerly owned by one of motorcycling’s all-time greats, the late nine-times motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion Mike Hailwood will go under the hammer, which was given to him by the company’s former chairman Jack Heuer.

The watch, believed to date from 1971 is an 18ct goild Carrera 1158 with an engraved caseback reading “To Mike Hailwood for a successful 1973 Jack Heuer”.

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It has a pre-sale estimate of £10,000 to £15,000.

The Carrera chronograph has a champagne dial, applied gilt hour and minute markers with black accents, black subsidiary dials for 30 minute and 12-hour recording, a black chronograph hand and a calendar function.

An unusual feature is its British hallmark on the inside of the back of the case – a nod to Hailwood’s nationality.

Jonathan Darracott, Bonhams global head of watches, says: “The Heuer Carrera holds a special place in the heart of Heuer collectors as it crosses the boundaries between watches and motorsports. We are excited to offer this very example which, with its special provenance, celebrates a true motor sport hero.”

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