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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1972
    Reference No: 2446C GMT
    Case No: 195'643
    Model Name: Autavia GMT
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Valjoux 724, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Heuer Corfam strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Heuer 'sun' buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Heuer cardboard box, instruction leaflet and numbered red swing tag.
    Literature: Similar examples of this watch are illustrated in "Heuer Autavia Chronographs 1962-85" (2nd edition) by Richard Crosthwaite & Paul Gavin, pages 98-101.

  • Catalogue Essay

    With the increase of transatlantic flights in the 1960s, watch manufacturers realized the importance of dual time zone watches also called GMT. Introduced in 1969, the reference 2446C GMT was part of these new watches designed for pilots and jet set glitterali. The 24 hours bi-directional bezel offers a very clear readability to the wearer with the blue and red sector being clearly divided per hour.

    Manufactured in 1972, the present example is the third execution reference 2446C GMT with plain steel hands, big sub registers, fluted pushers and plain caseback. Interestingly, there is no tritium symbol on the dial. Not only is this timepiece in exceptional condition but is also accompanied by its original box, hang tag, back sticker and the rarely seen original instruction leaflet.

    Even though this very attractive Pepsi GMT is a tool watch, its flamboyant and attractive look is an invitation to go back to an alluring period where travelling was not just functional but also an adventure in itself.

  • 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. 2446C GMT
A very fine stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with dual time zone indication, box, instructions and numbered swing tag.

Circa 1972
40mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for CHF27,500

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

Geneva Auction 11 November 2017