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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1970
    Reference No: 1163GMT
    Case No: 205'440
    Model Name: Autavia GMT
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal.11, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Gay Frères double grain bracelet, endlinks stamped HLF, max length 205mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Heuer folding deployant clasp stamped 2.70
    Dimensions: 42mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Jack Heuer witnessed first hand the allure of modem flight travel at the start of the 1960s. The jet age was in full swing in 1970 and modern jets like the Boeing 707s, Convair 880s and VC10s were crisscrossing the sky's replacing the earlier and out dated piston engines of the DC7s and Stratocruisers. What better watch could capture the mood and demands of the time than the new Autavia GMT?

    The first Autavia reference 1163GMT housed the calibre 11 modified for the 24 hour GMT indication. Very early examples have the 1 to 24 rotating bezel and brushed steel hands with red insert such as on this present example. The first execution quickly morphed into the second and third execution GMT variants, but it is the first that remains the rarest of the automatic reference 1163 GMTs.

    On this particular watch the dial has faded to a rare dark tropical brown and is fitted with its original stainless steel bracelet, date coded for the 2nd quarter of 1970. A true zeitgeist and rare example with only around 20 known to collectors worldwide, this watch certainly pays homage to international travellers and those who flew.

  • 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. 1163GMT
A fine and very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with date window positioned at 6 o'clock, dual time zone indication and bracelet.

Circa 1970
42mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
CHF10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for CHF15,000

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

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