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  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1970
    Reference No: 2446C
    Case No: 129'451
    Model Name: Autavia
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Mechanical, 72, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Brown calf leather strap
    Dimensions: 40.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another example of a reference 2446C however with HM bezel, please see Heuer Autavia Chronographs 1962-85 by Richard Crosthwaite and Paul Gavin, page 90.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch, 2446C, is characterized by the 'compression case', hence the "C". Introduced circa 1968, the compression case allowed for a more water proof and robust watch. The case is also heftier and larger, boasting a 40.5 mm. bezel. Compared to is predecessor, reference 2446, the lugs are also more angular and wider.

    The present watch is fitted with a bezel indicating hours and minutes. The case back still retains its original signature and the watch is offered in very original and appealing condition.

  • 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
A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch

Circa 1970
40.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$56,000 - 100,000 
€6,700-12,000
$7,000-12,500

Sold for HK$68,750

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR

Hong Kong Auction 30 May 2017