A very fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with contrasting subdials

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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1966
    Case No: 96’149
    Model Name: Autavia, "Jochen Rindt"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Valjoux 72, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, and movement signed.
    Literature: For a similar example see Heuer Autavia Chronographs 1962-85, Richard Crosthwaite & Paul Gavin, pg. 66-67.

  • Catalogue Essay

    One of the most coveted of the many Autavia models, the reference 2446H was especially favored by its namesake, the rakish Formula One champion, Jochen Rindt, who was documented wearing this specific reference in numerous photographs throughout his career. He was a prolific racing driver in the 1960s until his untimely death during the practice session at Monza for the 1970 Italian Grand Prix. Supported by his beautiful wife Nina, who famously sported a Universal Genève Compax, now known to collectors as the "Nina Rindt", this glamorous couple remains the only one where each partner's name was bestowed to a watch by collectors.

    The present lot stands out with its exceptional condition, and features a stunning matte black dial with contrasting crisp white subsidiary registers, and sports the narrower, yet robust, rotating bezel calibrated for twelve hours, perfect for either counting elapsed time or tracking a second time zone. The attractive dial is noteworthy for being manufactured by Singer, who famously created the dials for the coveted Rolex "Paul Newman" Daytona. Furthermore, the dial features a rare “Fab Suisse” designation at 6 o’clock, an interesting and unusual detail found only on watches originally sold in France.

    The rugged yet refined second execution example, characterized by its screwdown caseback and streamlined beveled lugs, measures a hefty 39mm in diameter (and 13mm in thickness) and is a favorite of the Heuer collecting community. In fact, it was selected amongst 16 Autavia examples as the inspiration for the new TAG Heuer Autavia launched in 2017.

  • 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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2446H

Heuer

A very fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with contrasting subdials

Circa 1966
39mm Diameter
Case, dial, and movement signed.

Estimate
$12,000 - 18,000 
CHF12,000-17,900
€10,400-15,600
HK$94,100-141,000

sold for $22,500

Contact Specialist
Paul Boutros
Head of Watches, Americas
+1 212 940 1293
pboutros@phillips.com

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