A rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch

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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1970
    Reference No: 2446N
    Case No: 109'535
    Model Name: Autavia
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Mechanical, 72, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Green calf leather strap
    Dimensions: 40.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another example of a reference 2446C however with HM bezel, please see Heuer Autavia Chronographs 1962-85 by Richard Crosthwaite and Paul Gavin, page 90.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch, 2446C, is characterized by the 'compression case', hence the "C". Introduced circa 1968, the compression case allowed for a more water proof and robust watch. The case is also heftier and larger, boasting a 40.5 mm. bezel. Compared to is predecessor, reference 2446, the lugs are also more angular and wider. The present watch is fitted with an 'M' bezel, denoting the 60 minutes. The case back furthermore retains its Heuer Autavia signature, signifying that it is an early example and first execution case within the "Compression" series.

  • Maker Bio

    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. 2446N
A rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch

Heuer,罕有,不銹鋼計時腕錶,“Autavia”,型號2446N,約1970年製

Circa 1970
40.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$72,000 - 120,000 
€8,500-14,100
$9,000-15,000

sold for HK$100,000

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016