A very rare and attractive PVD coated stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black dial, date, and revolving bezel, made for the Israeli Defense Forces

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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1985
    Reference No: 113.603, 11063V
    Case No: M 1875 (military issue number)
    Model Name: Autavia "IDF"
    Material: PVD coated stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 12, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: PVD coated stainless steel Heuer bracelet, max length 240mm
    Clasp/Buckle: PVD coated stainless steel Heuer deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 41mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Literature: For similar examples of reference 113.603, see Heuer Autavia Chronographs, Richard Crosthwaite and Paul Gavin, pp. 180-181.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Heuer started supplying watches to different military forces in the second half of the 20th Century.

    However, amongst these watches the most visually arresting were the Autavia reference 113.603 chronographs made for the Israeli Defense Forces (“IDF”) in the 1980s, with their large tonneau cases and black PVD coating.

    The IDF, known in Hebrew as Tzahal includes all branches of Israel's military forces, comprising the ground forces, air force and navy. The military engraving on the caseback, “M1874”, documents the fact that it was an issued timepiece. Like similar military-issued Autavias, the case lacks a serial number – an absolutely correct detail, as these were special watches fabricated outside of Heuer’s regular production.

    The condition of the present Autavia leads us to believe that even though it is a military issued timepiece it was sparingly worn, if ever. The black PVD is completely present throughout the case and on the rarely seen original bracelet.

    The black dial with white and grey accents add to the stealth appearance of the watch.

    The present lot is an outstanding, rarely seen example of a Heuer Autavia “IDF” that will appeal to the collector of military timepieces.

  • 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. 113.603, 11063V
A very rare and attractive PVD coated stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black dial, date, and revolving bezel, made for the Israeli Defense Forces

Circa 1985
41mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF10,000 - 15,000 
€8,800-13,200
$10,200-15,400

sold for CHF23,750

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 89
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT

Geneva Auction 10-11 November 2018