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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1971
    Reference No: 1163MH
    Case No: 242'748
    Model Name: Autavia 'Orange Boy'
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 12,17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Original Heuer Corfam strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Heuer 'sun' buckle
    Dimensions: 42mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Heuer red chequerboard presentation box and original guarantee.
    Literature: A similar watch is illustrated in "Heuer Autavia Chronographs 1962 -85" (2nd edition), by Richard Crosthwaite & Paul Gavin, pages 146-147.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced in 1971, the present reference stands out by the orange accents on the dial and on the hands, leading horology collectors to nickname the watch "Orange Boy". The production of this watch model ranged from serial numbers 241'xxx- to 244'xxx, placing the present timepiece into the very early production stage. This model was only available with two variations: the earliest production models like the present example display Monaco style hands, while the later production models had orange strips on the edge of the hands.

    Inspired by the trends of the 70s, the "Orange Boy" embodies the same playful and colorful design that made pieces such as the Nesso lamp an icon of the era. The present reference 1163 remains a very rare watch to find, as less than 30 have surfaced over the years.

    The example illustrated in these pages, sourced from a retired Heuer watchmaker, is in virtually unworn condition. The dial has started to turn into a charming dark brown tropical color, making the overall package a true rarity for the most demanding watch collectors.

  • Artist 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. 1163MH
A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with date aperture at 6, orange accents on the dial, presentation box and guarantee.

Circa 1971
42mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for CHF25,000

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The Crosthwaite & Gavin Collection: Exceptional Heuer Chronographs From The Jack Heuer Era

Geneva Auction 11 November 2017