Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
One of our favorite watches to come out of the “Golden Age” of sports chronographs is the Heuer Autavia. Named from the combination of two words, Automotive & Aviation, these watches evolved from aircraft and automobile dashboard timers to become Heuer's most popular line of chronograph wristwatches, and we love the hell out of them.
The 2446C is the second generation of Autavia wristwatches, featuring a larger compression case than the earlier models, and a redesigned rotating bezel. The 40mm case is thin for its size, and the downwardly angled lugs hug the wrist, making this one hell of a comfortable watch. The inverse panda dial is probably the most popular chronograph colorway, and if there’s one thing Heuer knows, it’s how to make a beautiful dial. This 2446C is one of the later models, evidenced by the addition of subtle red accents to the dial and a matching red chronograph hand.
During the golden age of sports car racing, a chronograph watch was an essential piece of kit, and many of the racing greats had a Heuer on their wrists. The link to racing is what drew many Heuer enthusiasts to the brand years ago, but the brand has finally reached a wide audience thanks to the quality, design and history and of brand.
The Valjoux 72 movement inside, the same as the Rolex Daytona and UG Nina Rindt, is one of the best chronograph calibers ever made, another indicator of the incredible quality that Heuer brought to market. 2446Cs are not easy to come by (especially in good condition) in today’s market, and we at analog/shift truly believe that they are one of the best buys in all of vintage Heuer.
With its svetle profile, letting it easily slip under a cuff, 40mm case, great movement and sexy dial, the Autavia is a nearly perfect vintage chronograph. We know you want one, and if you don't, you probably should!
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.