Heuer Autavia 2 Register
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
By the time Jack Heuer took the helm of the company that his great-grandfather had founded in 1860, the Heuer name was not unknown in racing and flying circles. Starting in 1911, the company produced dashboard clocks for cars, boats, and even airplanes. When Jack Heuer, a longtime racing aficionado, assumed leadership of the company in 1962, he saw an opportunity to revitalize—or at the very least reexamine—the company’s already-successful line of chronographs.
He first tried his hand with the Autavia, which at the time of his succession was a stopwatch with an illegible dial. In its place he launched the line of Autavia wrist chronographs. The Autavia was the first line of chronographs produced by Heuer to have a model name.
Furthermore, the Autavia was purpose-built for racers and pilots, and attracted the attention of Formula 1 racers and aficionados such as Jochen Rindt and Steve McQueen.
Heuer released the Autavia in six case sizes and configurations, all made of stainless steel. The earliest models had screw case backs, unusual for racing chronographs of the period, which Heuer used from 1962 to 1965. These examples can be distinguished from their successors by the width of their rotating bezels, which got substantially thinner later in the run.
Around 1968, Heuer shifted to a snap-back compressor case for improved water resistance. This was a totally new case design for Heuer, which was phased out from catalogs around 1970 in favor of the cushion cased versions housing the brand-new automatic chronograph movement. At 40.4 mm the snap-back compressor cases were larger than their predecessors. A salient feature of these cases are their thick, bevelled lugs, sharply angled.
Though the Reference 2446 is perhaps the most plentiful (or at least most commonly-seen) of compressor-cased Autavias, Heuer produced another version, the Reference 7763. The Reference 7763, released at the end of the 60s when Heuer was first starting to use compressor cases, marked a transitional period for the Autavia. Along with a change in case, these watches were fitted with the Valjoux Caliber 7730, replacing the stalwart Valjoux 92.
This particular Reference 7763 has a desirable “reverse panda” dial configuration and an MH bezel. The bevels on the lugs are thick, losing nothing of their sharpness. It’s an imminently-wearable version of a lesser-seen, classic chronograph from Heuer.
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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.
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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.
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Heuer Autavia 2 Register