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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: 1971
    Reference No: 1163MH
    Case No: 242'168
    Model Name: Autavia 'Siffert Flat A'
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal.12, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Heuer Corfam strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Heuer 'sun' buckle
    Dimensions: 42mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by stamped guarantee booklet confirming the sale of the present watch on December 21, 1974 at Wempe, Hamburg.
    Literature: A similar watch is illustrated in 'Heuer Autavia Chronographs 1962-85' (2nd edition) by Richard Crosthwaite & Paul Gavin, pages 128-29.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1969, the reference 1163 was the first Autavia to be powered by a self-winding movement. It is also the reference that Formula 1 legend Jo Siffert was most usually spotted with and the reason why Autavias with white dials and blue accents were nicknamed after him.

    The present reference 1163MH illustrated here in these pages, standing for Minutes/Hours bezel, is a rare version as most of these watch models were fitted with a tachymeter bezel. Introduced around 1971-1972, this fourth execution dial saw more obvious changes to the format of the "Siffert" dial with the matching of the blue accents on the dial to the blue accents on the now 'Monaco' style hands.

    Even though the overall condition of the wristwatch can be described as spectacular, its real beauty lies in the condition of its dial. It is by far the best preserved dial we have ever seen, especially considering how delicate the white powder finish is. The lume on the hands and the hour markers has beautifully aged to an even warm cream color shade. Further fitted with its original large hole Heuer Corfam strap with the 'sun' stamp on the back of the buckle, this timepiece would be a very smart addition to any chronograph collection.

  • 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. 1163MH
A fine and very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with date, blue accents on the dial, hour and minute bezel and original guarantee.

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

Estimate
CHF10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for CHF20,000

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Virginie Liatard-Roessli
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The Crosthwaite & Gavin Collection: Exceptional Heuer Chronographs From The Jack Heuer Era

Geneva Auction 11 November 2017