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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1969
    Reference No: 1163T
    Case No: 142'509
    Model Name: Autavia "Siffert 2nd execution with Flat V"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal.11, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Gay Frères bracelet with endlinks stamped HLD, max length 205mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Heuer deployant clasp stamped 2.69
    Dimensions: 42mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Heuer red chequerboard presentation box, numbered outer packaging, numbered red swing tag, guarantee booklet and plastic sleeve
    Literature: A similar watch is illustrated in "Heuer Autavia Chronographs 1962-85" (2nd edition) by Richard Crosthwaite & Paul Gavin, page 123

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Autavia was the timepiece of choice for many famous Grand Prix drivers of the 1960s and 70s. Amongst them was Jo Siffert, the Swiss double Formula 1 Grand Prix champion who used to wear an Autavia 1163 with tachymeter scale, white dial with black registers, date and blue seconds chronograph hand and markers, explaining this lot’s nickname.

    Whilst the 1st execution dials bore the “Chronomatic” script above Heuer, the 2nd execution dials dropped this and reverted back to the more explanatory, “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.

    This amazing “Siffert” sat unsold in the store room of an Italian dealer until it closed for business several years ago. It retains the original red sticker, which signifies this watch was unworn; the crisp case exhibits sunburst finish and sharp edges. The date-stamped bracelet, along with the swing tag, guarantee red Heuer booklet and numbered outer card, make this a fantastic, possibly unique new old stock addition to any collection.

  • Artist Biography


    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
A fine and very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with date, blue accents on the dial, tachymeter bezel, bracelet and original guarantee.

Circa 1969
42mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF26,250

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The Crosthwaite & Gavin Collection: Exceptional Heuer Chronographs From The Jack Heuer Era

Geneva Auction 11 November 2017