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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1971
    Reference No: 1163GMT
    Case No: 243'554
    Model Name: Autavia GMT
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 11 GMT, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 42mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: The present watch is illustrated in "Heuer Autavia Chronographs 1962-85" (2nd edition) by Richard Crosthwaite & Paul Gavin, pages 140-141.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Jack Heuer had recognized the allure of racing cars and flight travel for the modern man from the very start of the 1 960s and was keen to incorporate some of these design elements into his watches. The Autavia was aimed directly at worldly, 'men of action' and was a deliberate shift in design to provide a cleverly designed watch that would have its place as much in a race machine as in a private jet flying to the French Riviera.

    Following the launch and subsequent success of the Autavia Ref 1163 in 1969, Jack Heuer followed up with the 1163GMT reference. The first modification was to the calibre 11 movement for the 24 hour GMT module. Upgrades quickly followed to a purpose built GMT movement, the calibre 14 which was launched around 1972. Early examples have the 1 to 24 rotating bezel and brushed steel hands with red insert. The second ones from 1970, like the present lot, used the even number only bezel and red hour and minute hands. This is a short-lived feature as allegedly pilots found red hands difficult to read in low level light conditions consequently most examples thereafter used black sub-dial hands.

    This second edition model also uses the earlier "no lume dot-bezel", (later or service models would use bezels with lume pieces). All the 1163GMT references have fluted pushers with a recess cut into the top side of the case and crown at 9 o'clock which is always signed. This particular dial has faded to an exceptionally rare tropical and luxurious chocolate brown color. A must-have addition for the collector having breakfast in London, lunch in Helsinki and back in Santorini just in time to watch the sun set.

  • 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. 1163GMT
A fine and very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with second time zone indication, tropical dial and colorful hands.

Circa 1971
42mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for CHF30,000

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

Geneva Auction 11 November 2017