A very appealing stainless steel chronograph military wristwatch with elongated Arabic numerals and minute/hour bezel, issued to the Kenyan Air Force

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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1974
    Reference No: 73663
    Case No: 201'105
    Model Name: Autavia KAF-198
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Valjoux 7736, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present reference 73663 is one of only two Heuer models, along with reference 741.603, to feature elongated Arabic numerals. Made for the Kenyan Air Force this may have been a special military specification for increased legibility in the dark. Produced in very small numbers, it is believed that no more than 250 examples were ever delivered with a small portion that were not issued. All of these models feature orange hands and indexes which in the case of the present watch have pleasingly aged to a light yellow color. If the difference in color is not obvious at first glance, a loupe reveals a noticeable difference between the paint used on the hands and indexes and the one used for the Arabic numerals. This unusual feature contrasts with the usual simple and easy to read designs used by Heuer for motor sport events and make this watch instantaneously recognizable by the Heuerist!

  • 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. 73663
A very appealing stainless steel chronograph military wristwatch with elongated Arabic numerals and minute/hour bezel, issued to the Kenyan Air Force

Circa 1974
40mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

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

sold for CHF10,000

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

The Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN

Geneva Auction 12-13 May 2018