Heuer - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Heuer
    Year: Circa 1970
    Reference No: 1163 GMT First Execution
    Case No: 205’326
    Model Name: Autavia
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 11, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Gay Frères bracelet, 190 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Heuer twinlock folding deployant clasp, stamped 1.71
    Dimensions: 42 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For a similar example of a 1163 GMT First Execution, please see Heuer Autavia Chronographs 1962-85 by Richard Crosthwaite and Paul Gavin, pages 136 and 137.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Vintage Heuer Autavia has grown hugely in popularity in recent years. This reference 1163 GMT First Execution with 24 hours calibrated bezel is fitted with the caliber 11 movement and was introduced to the world as the first automatic chronograph in 1969. The crown is unusually placed at 9 o’clock and the watch is still fitted with its original Heuer, Gay Frères bracelet. In extremely attractive and original condition, the present watch represents the world’s first automatic chronograph.

  • 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. 1163 GMT First Execution
A fine stainless steel chronograph dual time wristwatch with date, left-handed crown and Gay Frères bracelet

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

HK$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for HK$118,750

Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016