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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1970
    Reference No: 1163T
    Case No: 2185-4
    Model Name: Autavia "Siffert"
    Material: Stainless Steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. Heuer-11, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless Steel Heuer Gay Frères bracelet, end links stamped HLF. max length 200 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless Steel Heuer Gay Frères deployant clasp signed 4.71
    Dimensions: 42 mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by original box signed by Jack Heuer, blank guarantee and Porsche 917 Le Mans replica model

  • Exhibited

    The present watch was exhibited in "Museum in Motion - Tag Heuer Event mit Jack Heuer " at Chronoart Sankt Gallen on Oct 2018.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Autavia was the timepiece of choice for many famous Grand Prix drivers during the 1960s and 70s. Amongst them was Jo Siffert, the Swiss double Formula 1 Grand Prix champion who wore an Autavia 1163 with tachymeter scale, white dial with black registers, date and blue seconds chronograph hand and markers, explaining this lot’s nickname. Siffert himself was known for driving a Porsche 917, the replica of which is offered in this lot.

    Whilst the 1st execution dials bore the “Chronomatic” script above Heuer, the 2nd execution dials displayed “Automatic Chronograph” and “Autavia” in place of “Chronomatic”. The grooved indexes remained the same, but this time the Heuer shield was made smaller and in some instances, the Autavia text included a “Flat V”, as illustrated in the present example. These 2nd execution dials remain much rarer than the later executions.

  • 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. 1163T
An attractive and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with date, blue accents on the dial, tachymeter bezel, bracelet, box and undated guarantee

Circa 1970
42 mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 20,000 
€14,000-18,600
$16,500-22,100

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
[email protected]

The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020