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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1971
    Reference No: 73663
    Case No: 201'638
    Model Name: Autavia 'Arabic' Orange
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Valjoux 7736, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Gay Frères double grain bracelet, endlinks stamped HLF, max length 215mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Heuer folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 41mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Literature: The present watch is illustrated in "Heuer Autavia Chronographs 1962 – 85" by Richard Crosthwaite & Paul Gavin, pages 196-197

  • Catalogue Essay

    This example of reference 73663 displays beautiful and unusual all lume Arabic elongated numerals further adorned by orange accents on the dial. Along with reference 741.603 that displays red accents on the reverse panda dial, this model is the only one that includes such architectural styled numerals. Produced in no more than 250 examples, this model is fitted with a minute and hour scale on the bi-directional rotating bezel and houses a manual caliber Valjoux 7736.

    This particular model drastically contrasts with most examples of this reference that present the usual Heuer design with applied hour markers to appeal to race car aficionados. As most of these particular models were found with military issue numbers for the Kenyan Air Force, one may believe that this design was made upon military specifications to allow a better legibility in the dark. It is rare to find and non military signed version of this reference and in such beautiful condition.

    The present watch with its sublime and unusual design would add an exotic touch to an existing Heuer collection or be the perfect find for a collector seeking unconventional pieces.

  • 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. 73663
A very fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with orange hour markers, Arabic numerals, minute/hour bezel and bracelet.

Circa 1971
41mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
CHF5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for CHF11,875

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

Geneva Auction 11 November 2017