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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1971
    Reference No: 73463
    Case No: 215'988
    Model Name: Autavia 'Siffert Color'
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Valjoux 7734, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Gay Frères double grain bracelet, endlinks stamped HLF , max length 220mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Heuer folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Literature: The present watch is illustrated in "Heuer Autavia Chronographs 1962 – 85" (2nd edition) by Richard Crosthwaite & Paul Gavin, pages 200-201

  • Catalogue Essay

    Over the past 10 years the collectors’ community has seen a surge in the desirability of Heuer timepiece and within this increased interest the Autavia “Siffert” has particularly stood out. Worn by the rakish double Formula 1 racing champion Jo Siffert, the panda dial Autavia reference 1163 with blue accents was often photographed on Siffert’s wrist.

    The present example shares all the same design feature as the Siffert Autavia except for the movement. Contrary to the Siffert Autavia the present lot houses a manual wind Valjoux 7734 movement with sub dials recording minutes and showing the running seconds. The date window at the 6 o’clock position, steel hands with black insert and tachymeter bezel are all features found in the Siffert Autavia.

    The present chronograph wristwatch shines amongst the lights of the early to mid 1970s Autavias models due to its wonderful unpolished condition, original fitted bracelet and outstanding panda dial making this a worthy addition for the chronograph hunter

  • 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. 73463
A very fine stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with blue accents on the panda dial, date located at 6 o’clock, tachymeter bezel and bracelet.

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

Estimate
CHF5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for CHF16,250

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

Geneva Auction 11 November 2017