A very attractive and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with orange accents on a white dial

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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1971
    Reference No: 1163T
    Case No: 241'760
    Model Name: Autavia "White Orange boy"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 12, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Heuer launched in 1969 its first automatic chronograph movement, the caliber 11. Housed in their three iconic chronograph models at the time which were the Carrera, the Autavia and the Monaco, this movement was soon replaced by the more robust and more accurate caliber 12, featuring a gilt plate instead of a nickel plate. The present watch is powered by this gilt caliber but what makes it even more remarkable is to be found on the dial. The early 70s saw the use of bright colors in design and day to day objects. The watch industry also took up on this trend and Heuer offered some watches with orange accents on the dial. The best known is the “Orange Boy” with a reverse panda dial with orange accents. The present watch, nicknamed "White Orange Boy" is actually its exact opposite, featuring a white dial with black registers, that have beautifully aged to a warm and lively brown patina while the orange accents have remained very bright. This version is much rarer, as scholars have not witnessed more than 10 examples to have surfaced so far.
    The very well preserved condition of its case should persuade any demanding collector that this watch is a great addition to his or her collection.

  • 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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Heuer

Ref. 1163T
A very attractive and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with orange accents on a white dial

Circa 1971
40mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF8,000 - 12,000 
€6,900-10,300
$8,500-12,700

sold for CHF10,625

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 81
aghotbi@phillips.com

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