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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1968
    Reference No: 2446H
    Case No: 95'502
    Model Name: Autavia 'All Lume' 4th Execution
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Valjoux 72, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Original Heuer Corfam strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Heuer sun buckle
    Dimensions: 39mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Literature: This watch is illustrated in 'Heuer Autavia Chronographs 1962-85' by Richard Crosthwaite & Paul Gavin, (2nd edition), pages 82-83.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present model bears a striking resemblance to the first execution reference 2446 with its fully lumed markers, yet it differentiates itself by featuring the fourth execution narrow stick hands with luminous infill. These simple elements perfectly complement the smaller sub-dials and the all lume markers give the dial a bold yet assuring balance.

    The later reference 2446 models also differed from the earlier ones with their Heuer- Leonidas signature on the chronograph bridge and case back. Heuer purchased the Leonidas brand in the early 1960s.

    Less than eight examples of reference 2446H with this dial configuration have been found to date therefore finding an example like the present lot in such original and wonderful condition is extremely rare in today's collecting market. The untouched dial, with warm lume hour markers and matching hands, make this a spectacular addition to the savvy collector.

  • Maker Biography

    Heuer

    Swiss • 1860

    This iconic chronograph manufacturer has a long tradition of precision timekeeping. As early as 1882, founder Edouard Heuer held a patent for a chronograph watch; in 1887, he received a patent for an oscillating pinion, which is still in use today. These specialized timepieces have been at the heart of the firm's success, enabling the brand to be chosen as early timekeepers for the Olympics. In 1969, the company introduced their first automatic chronograph watch, the Monaco Heuer, which celebrated the Monaco Grand Prix. Other key chronograph models include the Autavia and the Carrera, all of which having become iconic models of the firm.

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Ref. 2446H
A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black dial, three subsidiary registers and hour bezel.

Circa 1968
39mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF35,000 - 50,000 

Sold for CHF46,250

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The Crosthwaite & Gavin Collection: Exceptional Heuer Chronographs from the Jack Heuer Era

Geneva Auction 11 November 2017