Heuer Autavia 2446C GMT
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
Heuer first applied the name "Autavia" (a portmanteau of "automotive" and "aviation," signifying its intended use in both automobiles and aircraft) to dashboard clocks in cars and airplanes. But it's with the Motorsports chronographs that the name "Autavia" is best associated. The Autavia GMT chronograph, in the attractive size of 40mm, combines Heuer's mastery of the racing chronograph with a GMT function.
The GMT models are particularly rare, featuring distinctive two-tone "Pepsi" bezels and a third large hand displaying a second time zone.
Heuer released the Autavia in many case sizes and configurations, all made of stainless steel. The earliest models had screw case backs, unusual for racing chronographs of the period. Then, around 1969, Heuer shifted to a snap-back compressor case for improved water resistance.
Values for early Heuer chronographs (particularly manually-winding Autavia models) are on the rise, and clean, original examples are getting hard to come by. This particular example is as honest as they come, featuring a clean, even patina to the hands and markers. It dates from the third execution of the 2446C GMT, lacking the T in the sub-register at 6 o'clock, but is nevertheless a sterling example of an attractive watch.
As a GMT Autavia from the middle of the Autavia's run, the watch comes with the Valjoux 72, modified to accommodate the GMT function. While not one of Heuer's in-house movements--these came later, after the 2446C--the Valjoux 72 is nothing to sniff at. With a sporty, yet elegant design that combines utility with a crisp, retro look, this Autavia ticks all the boxes a collector of vintage Heuer could want.
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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.
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.
Heuer Autavia 2446C GMT