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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: 1971
    Reference No: 73663
    Case No: 202'166
    Model Name: Autavia "Siffert Colours"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Valjoux 7736, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Heuer bracelet signed by Gay Frères, end links stamped HLF, max length 220mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Literature: Reference 73663 “Siffert Colours” is illustrated in Heuer Autavia Chronographs 1962-1985 by Richard Crosthwaite & Paul Gavin, pages 190-191.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Many famous Grand Prix drivers of the 1960/70s wore Autavia models. Amongst them was Jo Siffert, the Swiss double Formula 1 Grand Prix champion. Affectionately known as "Seppi" to his family and friends, Jo Siffert used to wear an Autavia 1163 tachymeter scale, white dial with black registers and date. Almost a year after his tragic accident during the 1971 World Championship Victory Race, Heuer launched the reference 73663 with the so-called “Siffert Colours”. From this point Heuer collectors would use the champion’s name to describe a panda dial with blue seconds chronograph hand and black stripe markers & matching black striped steel hands.

    The present lot is offered today in excellent original condition, the sunburst finish of the case is crisp and the dial is in wonderful condition. The watch is fitted with its rare stainless steel Heuer bracelet made by Gay Frères. In our view the reference 73663 are until now, undervalued treasures and avid collectors should not wait too long.

  • 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. 73663
A very attractive and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with silver dial, black registers, blue accents and bracelet

1971
42mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF5,000 - 7,000 
€4,600-6,500
$5,000-6,900

Sold for CHF13,750

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
+41 22 317 81 89

The Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE

Geneva Auctions 13 – 14 May 2017