Heuer Autavia 'Derek Bell'

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SKU AS01505
SKU AS01505

Why We Love it

The name Viceroy, the once-robust cigarette company, has become almost synonymous with the Reference 1163 Heuer Autavia.  After all, it was the Viceroy promotion that almost single-handedly saved Heuer from Bankruptcy...

The story goes that Heuer had a difficult time selling chronographs wristwatches in the early 1970s, and at that time still sold vastly more stopwatches than wristwatches. At the same time that Heuer struggling to sell watches, Viceroy was struggling with its cigarette business. Viceroy had already partnered with the Parnelli Jones racing team to position their brand as the sportsman’s cigarette, and they approached Heuer, the leader in track timing, to come up chronograph promotion. Heuer produced a special version of the 1163, the 1163V for the deal, and together with Viceroy, offered the watch for $88 when someone mailed in the end flap of a Viceroy cigarette carton.

But this 1163 isn’t one of the watches.

So, what exactly is the difference between a Viceroy and 1163MH?  The first difference is that the Viceroy models were given the reference number "1163V," engraved between the lugs, instead of just "1163".  The Viceroy also came fitted with Autavia hands with a bright red center flash, reminiscent of the Viceroy logo.  They also had dials with a unique hour register - each hour was demarcated with a number, making for a busier look.  Lastly, Viceroys were almost always sold with tachymeter bezels.  

The 1163 MH (the MH denoting the minute/hour bezel) was sold in authorized dealers for $200 during the time period of the Viceroy promotion, coming in with black or white dials (the white dial is what collectors call the Siffert today). The Viceroy promotion let people buy a virtually identical copy of a $200 watch for less than half the price, and Heuer sold Viceroys in droves. Today the 1163V is the most commonly seen vintage Autavia by a large margin, making the 1163MH the more interesting and sought-after black dialed Autavia to collectors. 

Motorheads will also recognize the 1163MH as the watch worn by Derek Bell, famous race car driver and five-time winner of the Le Mans 24-hour race.  Bell's enthusiasm for Heuer is well documented, but it was the 1163 that he favored and wore while racing.  This fact makes this watch a real 'watch nerd's' watch, but also speaks to the important pedigree that it carries today.  

This 1163 MH is in absolutely stunning condition, having recently been overhauled by master Heuer watchmaker Abel Court.  With almost no signs of wear and a lovely dial, handset and bezel, this Autavia checks every box.   

If you’d like to learn more about the Viceroy and 1163s, click on over to HODINKEE, HERE.

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

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.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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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.

Heuer Autavia 'Derek Bell'

Heuer Autavia 'Derek Bell'

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Heuer Autavia 'Derek Bell'

Why We Love it

The name Viceroy, the once-robust cigarette company, has become almost synonymous with the Reference 1163 Heuer Autavia.  After all, it was the Viceroy promotion that almost single-handedly saved Heuer from Bankruptcy...

The story goes that Heuer had a difficult time selling chronographs wristwatches in the early 1970s, and at that time still sold vastly more stopwatches than wristwatches. At the same time that Heuer struggling to sell watches, Viceroy was struggling with its cigarette business. Viceroy had already partnered with the Parnelli Jones racing team to position their brand as the sportsman’s cigarette, and they approached Heuer, the leader in track timing, to come up chronograph promotion. Heuer produced a special version of the 1163, the 1163V for the deal, and together with Viceroy, offered the watch for $88 when someone mailed in the end flap of a Viceroy cigarette carton.

But this 1163 isn’t one of the watches.

So, what exactly is the difference between a Viceroy and 1163MH?  The first difference is that the Viceroy models were given the reference number "1163V," engraved between the lugs, instead of just "1163".  The Viceroy also came fitted with Autavia hands with a bright red center flash, reminiscent of the Viceroy logo.  They also had dials with a unique hour register - each hour was demarcated with a number, making for a busier look.  Lastly, Viceroys were almost always sold with tachymeter bezels.  

The 1163 MH (the MH denoting the minute/hour bezel) was sold in authorized dealers for $200 during the time period of the Viceroy promotion, coming in with black or white dials (the white dial is what collectors call the Siffert today). The Viceroy promotion let people buy a virtually identical copy of a $200 watch for less than half the price, and Heuer sold Viceroys in droves. Today the 1163V is the most commonly seen vintage Autavia by a large margin, making the 1163MH the more interesting and sought-after black dialed Autavia to collectors. 

Motorheads will also recognize the 1163MH as the watch worn by Derek Bell, famous race car driver and five-time winner of the Le Mans 24-hour race.  Bell's enthusiasm for Heuer is well documented, but it was the 1163 that he favored and wore while racing.  This fact makes this watch a real 'watch nerd's' watch, but also speaks to the important pedigree that it carries today.  

This 1163 MH is in absolutely stunning condition, having recently been overhauled by master Heuer watchmaker Abel Court.  With almost no signs of wear and a lovely dial, handset and bezel, this Autavia checks every box.   

If you’d like to learn more about the Viceroy and 1163s, click on over to HODINKEE, HERE.

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

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.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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.

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