Created to commemorate the 1967 edition of the America’s Cup, the original Carrera Skipper reference 7754 is so rare it’s practically a unicorn. Released in 1968 after a year of design work, the ticker was limited to a run of fewer than 20 pieces, and is so hard to find it was a matter of debate if the watch ever existed at all.
While it’s a verifiable fact that a new version of the iconic timepiece does in fact exist, it’ll likely end up being just as a rare, because TAG has decided to restrict production to just 125 watches. Reincarnated as a special edition for watch blog Hodinkee, the new Carrera Skipper (the “Skipperera,” if you want to be a horologist about it) is a fresh take on the 7754 and boasts a 39mm stainless steel case, domed sapphire crystal front and modern TAG Heuer caliber-18 movement.
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Clad in the same colors as the original and featuring the same tri-colored regatta countdown subdial (used to mark the minutes before the start of a race), the Limited Edition Carrera Skipper comes with a trio of straps and is priced at a shade under $6,000.
"TAG Heuer has a fantastic history, so when we reached out to them. It didn't take a lot of convincing," Hodinkee COO Eneuri Acosta told Esquire. "They were very welcoming to the idea of this type of project and they gave us access to their library. It's just such a rare watch that not a lot of people knew about, and we thought it would be a nice fun piece to bring back."
Go claim one — if there’s still time.